The symptoms of addiction can be hard to pinpoint because they vary greatly. Addiction is a term that is used to describe a variety of substance use and activity dependencies, so this list of symptoms is not entirely comprehensive, and should not be used in place of real medical advice.
Addiction is a hard topic to address with your loved ones. It’s important to keep in mind that addiction is a real disease, and those affected need support from the people around them. If you know of someone who may need help, direct them to sondermind.com to connect them to a therapist suited to their needs.
Addiction Support Groups:
Alcoholics Anonymous - https://www.aa.org/
Al-Anon, A support group for family and friends worried about someone with an alcohol addiction - https://al-anon.org/
Adult Children of Alcoholics - https://adultchildren.org/
Co-Dependents Anonymous - http://coda.org/
Cocaine Anonymous - https://ca.org
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - https://www.foodaddicts.org/
Narcotics Anonymous - https://www.na.org/
Nar-Anon, A support group for family and friends worried about someone with a narcotic addiction - https://www.nar-anon.org
Overeaters Anonymous - https://oa.org
SMART Recovery, A support group focused on self-improvement and science-based recovery methods for all addictions - https://www.smartrecovery.org/
Sex Addicts Anonymous - https://saa-recovery.org/