There are some alarming facts to consider regarding addictive disorders. For instance, a recent report in the National Drug Addiction Recovery Month Kit showed the cost of alcohol and illicit drug use in the workplace, including lost productivity, accidents and medical claims to be estimated $ 140 billion per year.
Another fact: every eight seconds, a person dies due to a tobacco-related illness, according to the World Health Organization.
Also, an estimated 28 percent to 30 percent of people in the USA alone have an addictive substance abuse disorder, a mental health disorder or both, according to a 2002 report by the National Mental Health Association.
And alcohol abuse and dependence occurs four times as much among men over the age of 65 than women in the same age group, according to the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health, 1999.
Addictions present some common and some unique characteristics and behaviors across the board, depending upon the behaviors and / or substances associated with the addiction. Let's take a look at some common symptoms or trains and a little about how to begin getting help for the more common addictions or dominating dependencies today.
Odors associated with the substances like cigarette or marijuana smoke are fairly noticeable practices. Here are some maybe not so obvious:
OWearing long sleeves (to cover needle marks) during hot weather
OHanging out with known addicts
OThoughs, actions – nearly everything- – focused on addiction
ONasal congestion (sniffing, nose bleeds …), eye changes (redness, glassy, wears sunglasses when not needed, etc …)
OBehavioral changes (moodiness, mood swings with hyperactive, lethargy, violence, paranoia, secretive, confused thoughts and actions)
ODenial of use, addiction, etc.
OMemory loss, distributed time
OStealing or excessive / unusual borrowing of funds
OUnkempt appearance, truant / absenteeism from work, school, home …
OSudden changes in school work and grades, job performance, regular behavior
OWithdrawal from normal activities, friends, family
OWithdrawal symptoms: nausea, sweating, chills, convulsions, anxiety, nervousness, depression, headaches, hallucinations, diarrhea, restlessness / sleep disturbances, shaking (uncontrolled), sensitivity.