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The Progression of Addiction

The following symptoms are prime examples of the progression of addiction with drugs and alcohol for you or a loved one in addition and the affects it has on the family. If you notice any of these symptoms feel free to take our online self-assessment or contact a trained professional for assistance at (877) 464-7272. .



Increased tolerance; using more to get same effectIncreased tolerance to user’s behaviors
BlackoutsSuppression; family blocks out their perceptions
Euphoric recall is focus; recalls highs not painful consequencesMinimizing. “Things aren’t that bad.”
Sneaks substance; hides evidencePlays detective; searches for evidence of substances
Preoccupied with usingPreoccupied with the user
Gulps drinksUrgency of situation increases – prods for promise to stop using
Denies there’s a problemFamily tries to hide problem from those outside the family
Develops alibi systemMay confront or nag user while at same time makes excuses for the user
Alternates between aggression when using and remorse afterwardsAlternates between blaming, shaming and lashing out and feeling guilty
Tries to control or stop using without helpTries to control or stop the user from drinking without help
Feels shame for not being able to stopFeels shame they can’t stop the user
Loses friendsFamily becomes isolated
Experiences severe physical symptoms – digestive, sleep, etcExperiences severe physical symptoms – ulcers, headaches, nervous breakdowns, etc
Seeks help OR deteriorates physically and emotionallySeeks help OR deteriorates physically and emotionally