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How to Know if You're an Addict

It may be difficult for you to know if you're an addict, but there are some signs you should be on the lookout for.

If you find yourself drawn to a particular substance or activity to the point where you no longer have a choice about whether you will take it or perform it, you may be an addict. Needing more and more of the substance or activity to get the same effect may also be a sign that you're an addict.

For a person with an addiction, attempting to stop is problematic. When deprived of the substance or activity, the person may experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms may range from physical cravings to anxiety, depression or irritability.

Another way to know if you're an addict is if you feel compelled to hide or deny the amount of time you are spending on your addiction. If feel the need to keep this part of your life private from friends, family members, or co-workers, then it may be a sign of a more serious problem.

If your employment, performance at school, or personal relationships have suffered because of your drinking, drug use, or other activities, then you may have crossed the line into an addiction. As the addiction takes hold, it starts to take up more time in the person's daily life. In between sessions where the addict is using or indulging in addictive activities, an addict is thinking about where to get more of the substance or planning the next activity.

You may have trouble trying to figure out if you're an addict on your own. If other people in your life indicate that you have a problem, it's worth considering that you are in the throes of an addiction. It's only human nature to deny to yourself that you have a problem.

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