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What are the signs of drug addiction?

People often say that the first step towards overcoming a problem in your life is admitting that you have a problem. For many people who suffer from drug addiction, this first step is often difficult.

You may think that you have control over your drug use or that you can stop at any time. You may not realize there is an issue because the drugs you take are prescriptions. WebMD explains there are certain things you can look for that indicate you no longer have control over your actions and that you may have a drug addiction.

Extended prescription drug use

If you take a prescription drug, you may feel justified in using it. However, if you notice that you need to take more because it is not having the effects it used to have or if you feel odd after the drug wears off, then these are signs something is wrong.

In addition, you should not take a medication after your health condition is under control unless instructed to do so by your doctor. Continued use can indicate an addiction.

Ignoring effects

You may notice that your drug use causes issues in your life, but if that is not enough to make you stop, then you likely have an addiction. Not being able to limit your use or hiding that you are doing it are also signs of a problem.

There may be additional effects of your drug use that point to a problem, such as losing interest in activities you once enjoyed doing, stealing to pay for your drugs, having trouble focusing on tasks and fighting with your friends and family more than usual.