How do I know if this is actually addiction?
An assessment by a healthcare professional is the only way to truly diagnose a substance use disorder, but common warning signs of addiction include:

  • Moodiness, irritability, anger, aggressive behavior

  • Depression

  • Incoherence, forgetfulness, slurred speech

  • Clumsiness, poor balance, lack of coordination

  • Rapid speech, uncharacteristic talkativeness, restlessness

  • Irresponsibility, recklessness, bad judgement

  • Secrecy

  • Thefts or sudden requests for money

  • Decreased motivation and lack of interest in former activities

  • New friends replace old friends

  • Problems at school, such as discipline issues, poor grades

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1. Why is my loved one acting this way?
2. Why does it matter if I view addiction as a disease?
3. Why is this so hard to talk about?
4. How do I know if this is actually addiction?
5. Where can I seek help for my loved ones?