The Life-Altering Symptoms of Addiction

Addiction is classified as a disease that has several side effects and comes with a range of dangerous conditions or behaviors. If you are able to take steps to really recognise these behaviors or conditions, before it becomes worse, then it can be a great place to be to help them to deal with what they are going through and get the help that they need.

Disorders of substance abuse can have a range of effects, from things that impact people psychologically, to physically, and socially. It can really reduce quality of living; even the small day to day things can be damaging. The thing is, if you or someone you think may be abusing substances, there are many symptoms that can overlap one another. So really being on the lookout can make a difference as for some people, it isn’t clearly cut.

As an example, when someone experiences a psychological effect of wanting to spend their money from groceries to buying addictive substances, they not only have reduced money, but they have access to substances, and aren’t meeting their nutritional needs either. In a similar vein, relationship problems can occur, as well as more and more of an aversion to interacting socially with others, which can be isolating but can also make lead to or worsen psychological problems, like anxiety or depression.


Denial and Secrecy

When someone is abusing substances, then often this will be done alone or secretly. So look out for someone that suddenly, or even not so suddenly, starts to withdraw and become more of a recluse. It is also something to look out for when someone will start to deny what is happening, even if you had witnessed it, perhaps; there will be a denial that there is even a problem. If there is talk of being able to quite anytime that they want to, then that is when alarms bells should start ringing (whether for you or for someone you care about).

Life-Altering Impact

There is no getting away from the fact that substance abuse brings with it some pretty life altering damages. Smoking a substance can lead to respiratory diseases and cancers, for example. Illicit drugs can lead to physical damage to your limbs and problems with your blood vessels, which could lead onto limb amputation and then disability, requiring a huge lifestyle overhaul and the use of things like disability phone apps. If you are someone that regularly drinks alcohol to excess, then it can lead to things like liver problems and generally poor health.

If these things can be dealt with fairly early on, then it can really reduce the negative impact that they have. So intervention as soon as possible is needed, otherwise, life-altering consequences can occur.

Financial Difficulties

At the end of the day, these substances cost money. And when they are used on a daily basis, the cost is going to be large. And with the side-effects that can come as a result, it can often lead to not working or getting fired. So financial difficulties really is something that can happen as a result, and that can also be pretty damaging and life-altering. Seek help as soon as you can, for you or a loved one, to nip it in the bud.



  1. Carmen & Ben says:

    First of all, I commend you for your blog not only shows courage but the determination to be better every day.  I had an opinion about addiction before, and then I got to attend a class where there were many addicts.  At first, I had my reservations, and then I learned I too was an addict.

    When I’m not addicted to drugs, alcohol or cigarettes; I am addicted to working.  I’m a workaholic, and when that sounds cute, it’s not.  The satisfaction that working gives me create in my brain the same dopamine rush that drugs give to an addict, and when well the financial consequences are usually good because I’m working and making money; the consequences to my family are not pretty.

    So, there are many types of addiction and recognizing that is a huge first step.

    thanks for your post.

    • Lynne says:

      You are so right there! There are many process addictions that can be very problematic such as working, eating and exercise. And these process addictions can be even tougher to beat than say drugs or alcohol since they are so much harder to understand and get support from loved ones. 

      The consequences to your family are most certainly concerning with a work addiction. 

    • Corey says:

      I’ve never had a problem with any sort of addiction due to, I believe, my non addictive personality. I will say however, I smoked cigarettes for about a year and I don’t know if the nicotine really did trigger addictive tendencies in my brain itself, or if I just thought it was cool (teenage years) but that one was actually pretty hard to break. I can attest to the things you have written because I believe certain substances and especially certain people have a hard time with addiction but I will say this: everything from the physical to the mental aspect of life is better without addictive substances in the way. Oh, and you’ll save a lot of money as well 🙂

      • Lynne says:

        Corey nicotine addiction is hectic, I smoked for 22 years and I quit 3 years ago and I am so happy that I did. It was an incredibly hard addiction to beat so well done on achieving that. 

      • Eden says:

        My father has a really bad addiction to grocery shopping, he will go to the supermarket everyday. He has had diabetes type 2 for many years now and he buys no end of sugary foods. We have spoken about it millions of times before and it is stressful all the time, it doesn’t matter what you say he will still do it. I feel that he has maybe not dealt with his issues in the past, but having whatever addiction like you say is a vicious cycle. It sure takes it toll on the whole of the family and friends. I hope in the future my father will feel happier, but I am very concerned on what he is eating and spending. At the end of the day, the person has to admit and start to change themselves. 

        • Lynne says:

          Eden I’ve come across people before that have eating disorders and diabetes and it is so scary to think of the consequences if they don’t get help. One woman I knew would purposely spike her blood sugar levels putting herself at risk of a diabetic coma because she believed it would make her thinner. 

          I’m sure you are very worried about your father. My father is also diabetic, but thankfully he does not have an eating disorder or an addiction and when he was diagnosed he changed his lifestyle to manage his diabetes. I can only imagine how hard it must be for you. 

          I recommend you read this post I wrote about helping your loved one

        • Sue says:

          Thank you for this very insightful look at addiction and the dangers it can potentially bring about. I have a friend and co-worker who is married to a man who is a classic example of some of the things you mentioned such as denial and drinking in secret. He is also a diabetic who did end up losing one of his feet. 

          Now he is planning on applying for disability, but no one has really addressed his drinking problem yet. My friend is at a loss as to how to handle it. They don’t have much money, do you think he needs professional help? He is definitely not the type of man who would voluntarily go to AA. Do you have any suggestions?

          • Lynne says:

            Oh my word Sue – I have heard of many people that have had such serious consequences from drinking and from using drugs but they just continue to use and continue to live their lives with blinkers on. 

            When it comes to helping others it can be very tricky. I have written an article on how to help your loved one that is addicted, which you may find helpful for your friend. 

          • Rgpratap says:

            Hello Lynne,
            When a person has an addiction to drugs, it is the most horrible thing in life. It can break you in and out, physical and psychological. Not only it will ruin yourself but also your family members. I have personally had such experience and believe me there is not a single good point of being addicted. To come out from search addiction you need serious commitment with your life. I quit every addiction except for one smoke before bedtime. 😀 Nice to read your article.


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