Wellness - Addiction | 10-18 yrs

How To Identify And Help An Addict?

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“Addiction is a family disease. One person may use, but the whole family suffers.”- author unknown

An article titled ‘How to Identify Addiction’ written in addictionblog.org defines addiction as “a compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.” The article also says that the addictive behaviour of that person will be persistent and counter-productive, that is, it will undermine the person’s ability to perform as he or she normally would in daily life.

The first step towards curing or helping an addict is identifying the signs and symptoms of addiction. These signs can be physical (bloodshot eyes, weight loss, tremors, unusual odour), behavioural (secrecy, dishonesty, absence in school, lethargy) or psychological (anxiety, paranoia, mood swing, outbursts, demotivated attitude). It is most likely that multiple signs occur repeatedly and simultaneously, and though ae hard to miss, should not be misinterpreted as a typical teen behaviour.

When it comes to your children, this addiction could be anything. From Netflix to social media to alcohol, addictive behaviour can seep into their lives with excessive use of anything. And, it is most likely to impair not just their academic performance, but their normal functioning as well. However, any addiction is bad for your child’s well-being, and hence needs to be identified, addressed and cured.

To learn more about how to do all these, take guidance from the articles given in our ClipBook.

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What Is Addiction?

Addiction can pull people in slowly; its seduction so gradual that people often have no idea they’re falling under its spell. Initially, the decision to use substances is a conscious choice, but as addiction progressively takes over a person’s lif...

How To Identify Addiction?

Why are some people addicts and others are not? We still don’t know. But if you suspect someone you care about is hiding a drug or alcohol habit, this article will help educate you on the facts about addiction and guide you through how to identify...

5 Red Flags In Children Who Are Susceptible To Addiction

Be sure your child isn't at risk for addictive behavior by keeping an eye out for these signs. Even if you’re on Facebook, you might not be privy to every aspect of your child’s social life. Adolescents, by nature, seek independence by detaching f...

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Addiction?

A symptom is something the patient senses and describes, while a sign is something other people, such as the doctor notice. For example, sleepiness may be a symptom while dilated pupils may be a sign.

What Are Addictive Behaviours?

Any activity, substance, object, or behavior that has become the major focus of a person's life to the exclusion of other activities, or that has begun to harm the individual or others physically, mentally, or socially is considered an addictive b...

Spotting Active Addiction

Addicts are very easy to spot. They are those dirty, smelly, unkempt men hanging out under bridges, in front of convenience stores, in back alleys, and in all the other unsavory places that “healthy” people never go. Addicts sleep in the gutter.

Can Early Childhood Factors Predict Addictive Tendencies?

Some research indicates that certain markers and behaviors observed in early development may be earmarked for future addictive patterns. Children will exhibit some of these behaviors as early as 3 years old.

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