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The Progression of Addiction

The following symptoms are prime examples of the progression of drug or alcohol addition for you or a loved one in addition to the affects they have on the family. If you notice any of these symptoms feel free to take our online self-assessment or...

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