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Symptoms of Substance Use Disorder

Warning Signs of Addiction


If you’re reading this page, chances are that you’ve noticed some changes in your friend or loved one. Drug addiction, also called “substance use disorder,” is considered to be a chronic, relapsing brain disorder. It is a disease, one that affects people of all ages, socioeconomic statuses, and religious backgrounds. Fortunately, with the proper care, this condition can be treated. Read on to learn the signs of drug and alcohol addiction.

What to Do If Your Loved One is Showing Signs of Addiction

One of the most underestimated consequences of substance abuse is what it can do to the family of the addicted. If your loved one is addicted, one of the most important things you can do is work to understand them without being judgemental. People use substances for many different reasons— from simple curiosity, as a way to have a good time, peer pressure, as a coping mechanism for emotional distress, and so many other reasons. Typically, drug abuse and addiction are less about how often a person uses substances, but rather the reasons why people turn to drugs in the first place. To help your loved one, you must help them understand they need professionals. We understand that this is often much easier said than done. 


You likely feel the urge to help your loved one in any way possible. If you don’t know how to approach an intervention, the first step is honest with your loved one. This requires an authentic dialogue with your loved one and telling them that they need help. We know that this is a difficult conversation to have, but it’s a necessary one. This intervention can often be the first step to lasting change in your loved one’s life.,Concise Recovery is here to help you enroll your loved one into therapy. 


Our treatment philosophy is simple: We find and treat the root cause of addiction while giving our patients the tools to overcome triggers and overwrite past habits. By enrolling your loved one into Concise Recovery, you place them in a positive environment that is built to help them achieve long-lasting sobriety.


Concise Recovery Center of Los Angeles offers an affordable, comfortable setting for you or a loved one to begin recovery. We encourage you to reach out to us 24/7.

Signs of a Substance Use Disorder

There are a few core symptoms associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Someone with these issues may exhibit just a few of the below items, or they could behave in ways that are beyond what’s listed here. It’s important to know that substance use ranges from mild to severe, and that it’s never too late (or too early) to get help. If you believe your loved one is struggling with addiction, we encourage you to contact Concise Recovery today.

  1. Cravings – Experiencing an intense, unmanageable urge to use. May begin to behave in uncharacteristic ways in order to obtain their drug of choice: stealing, lying, and doing whatever it takes to use again.
  2. Withdrawal Symptoms – Having a painful reaction when they go too long without drugs or alcohol. These can range from flu-like symptoms, to anxiety, to headaches, and even seizures.
  3. Tolerance – Requiring more and more of the substance to achieve the same effect, or increasing the dosage taken over time. This happens as the body builds a resistance to the drug.
  4. Dangerous Use – Using a medication in a way that it has not been prescribed (for longer than required, or at higher dosages than recommended). This also applies to using illegal drugs, particularly in ways that endanger others. Ex: drinking while driving, consuming substances while swimming or in risky situations.
  5. Lack of Control – Being unable to stop or slow substance use, even when they have expressed a desire to quit. This happens in spite of repeated attempts to stop using.
  6. Failing to Meet Obligations – Dropping the ball at home and at work. This can include deteriorating job performance and missing family events, or otherwise disappointing loved ones by failing to prioritize them and their needs.
  7. Becoming Distant and Neglecting Relationships – Continuing to put their substance use before friends and family, even at the expense of lifelong relationships. Drugs or alcohol become the most important thing in their life.
  8. Using in Spite of Consequences – Compulsively seeking and using their substance of choice, even when severe physical or personal issues begin to appear as a result. They may lose their jobs, push away friends and family, and begin to experience worsening health problems, but will continue using.