3 Addiction Symptoms and Signs to Look Out For

Addiction Symptoms

We see it in the media – the characteristic image of what addiction looks like – addicts in derelict buildings, homeless people who look dishevelled and dirty, people who can’t hold down a job. While these may be accurate representations of what addiction could look like, addiction symptoms are sometimes easily missed because they aren’t what people expect. We’ve listed 3 of the common signs to look for when you suspect that someone might be abusing substances. 


Often, addicts and alcoholics start off enjoying drugs and alcoholics within a social context. But addiction is a progressive disease, and over time, addicted individuals will often start using or drinking alone. Addicts isolate themselves for a number of reasons. The more someone cares about a using addict, the more of a hindrance they are to their path of self-destruction. For this reason, one of the most common addiction symptoms is isolation, especially from loved ones and close associates.

Financial Instability

A common, shared experience that many recovering addicts and alcoholics attest to in retrospect, is that maintaining an addictive relationship with substances, costs money. Therefore, one of the more obvious addiction symptoms is financial instability, which may result in the addict taking loans, getting into debt and borrowing or stealing money to maintain their habit. If they are employed, many addicts appear to never have money, even soon after they have been paid a salary. 


Addicts and alcoholics resort to telling lies in order to maintain their addictive behaviour. In the beginning their dishonesty may pertain to their whereabouts, how they are spending their money or why they seem to be isolated from their loved ones. But as time goes on, their lies may become more elaborate. Often, they may choose to tell a lie when it is not necessary. One lie covers up another until a web of lies has formed and it becomes almost impossible to distinguish between fact and fiction. Dishonesty is therefore one of the key addiction symptoms to look out for. 

This is not an exhaustive list of addiction symptoms and it’s important to understand that the disease of addiction manifests differently from individual to individual. The signs listed above or some of the more common ones to look out for, but remember, “addition doesn’t always look like addiction,” so if you are in doubt or need a professional opinion, contact us and we will be able to share our experience with you.

If you or a loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction or is abusing alcohol, know that help is readily available. Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll support you in your recovery journey.