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An important part of determining addiction is the ability to differentiate addiction and heavy or problem drug/alcohol use. The main difference is that people grow out of heavy drinking/drug use with age and maturity. If someone has addiction they will never grow out of it. These two things may look very similar and often may not become distinguishable until years of drug and alcohol abuse. Here are some of the unique and tell-tale signs of addiction.

Identifying Signs of Addiction


Tolerance: Taking increasingly larger amounts of the drug to get the desired effect. In alcoholics this may mean an increase in the amount of drinks needed to get drunk. In their early 20’s perhaps the alcoholic only needed 5 or 6 beers to get drunk. Now, in their 30’s they regularly drink 10 or more beers to get drunk. 


Physiological Dependence: A physical reliance upon a drug caused by prolonged and continual usage. Many drugs can cause a physical dependence upon them, for example: alcohol, opiates, cocaine, etc. If an addict tries to stop using a drug ‘cold-turkey’ they can experience withdrawal symptoms, ranging from nausea to seizures.



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