Common signs of addiction in teens – words Alexa Wang

According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 70% of teens have tried alcohol by their senior year, 50% have abused an illegal drug, 40% have smoked a cigarette, and 20% have recreationally used a prescription drug.

The common signs of addiction, according to a study by https://www.ukat.co.uk and shown in this infographics, include:

  • Mood swings

Though moods swings are common in teens, addicts also experience them when under the influence of drugs.

  • Depression

Addiction can cause deep depression.

  • Euphoria

Most drugs induce euphoria by making the user seem elated at socially unacceptable times.

  • Criminal behaviour

Addiction can become so strong that the users will do anything for more of the addictive substance, even resorting to crime to fund the habit.

  • Sleeplessness

Stimulants make sleeping difficult, buy dependencies on certain drugs can be relied upon to aid sleeping.

  • Unexplained absences

Addicts often try to keep their habits secret from their loved ones or coworkers by avoiding interaction.

  • Anxiety

Almost every form of addiction is hallmarked by user anxiety. It can range from anxiousness over the next fix, to financial pressure, keeping the habit a secret, or even the drug itself.

  • Addiction cravings

Regardless of the substance being abused, cravings for the next fix can be unbearable, leading to changes in personality.

  • Change in appearance

Some drugs affect the user’s body, either through weight gain or emaciation.

  • New social group

Addicts tend to hang out with people with similar habits, shunning friends who do not approve.

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