A: Medical doctors or licensed psychologists diagnose alcoholism.
This process usually involves a physical and psychological examination – doctors will usually ask specific questions about their patient’s alcohol use to determine if they have a problem. But even then, alcoholics may not tell the entire truth. Fortunately, there are few common signs to help identify if a person is addicted to alcohol:
a “need” for alcohol to function or get through a day
alcohol withdrawal symptoms when a person does not drink for some time
avoiding activities and situations that don’t involve alcohol
failed attempts to quit drink despite the problems it causes
family, work, school, or legal problems caused by alcohol
A: Identifying drug users and drug addicts can be obvious.
But sometimes it isn’t that easy to distinguish use from abuse, and you may have to look hard for signs. Fortunately, there are a number of signs you can watch for, both physical and behavioral. The list below contains some of the signs to help you tell if someone is a drug user or drug addict.
dilated or constricted pupils for short time
needle marks and similar evidence on the body
frequent absenteeism or tardiness to school or work
hostility when confronted about drug use
lackadaisical attitude toward personal hygiene
preoccupation with using or finding drugs
shakiness or tremors
spends the majority of their time using or recovering from the effects of drugs
unable or unwilling to quit using drugs despite financial, family, health and legal problems
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A: Prescription drug addiction may be difficult to spot at first, but it’s important to identify it early.
Treating this addiction in the early stages increases the chances of a successful recovery, and minimizes the damage that addicts can do to themselves and others. However, there are some common signs of a prescription drug addict, listed below: