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Which are the first signs of your loved ones drug addiction?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
See below: The person takes the substance and cannot stop. Withdrawal symptoms - when body levels of that substance go below a certain level the patient has physical and mood-related symptoms. Addiction continues despite health problem awareness - the individual continues taking the substance regularly, even though they have developed illnesses linked to it.
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
You would know.: Addiction is being presented with a choice and having a proclivity to choose a bad one to get the addictive substance. First sign is choosing the addictive substance over you. Methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine and all behavioral addictions (gambling, etc.) do not have much in the way of physical withdrawal. You don't have to develop an illness from the addiction.

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What are the signs/symptoms of a drug addiction?

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See below: When use of a drug has led to identifiable negative consequences in your life yet you can not control your use or your thoughts about the drug, than an addiction like exists.

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