Defining and identifying addiction can be a challenging situation, with many different indicators existing along a continuum. While severe cases of addiction and substance abuse tend to be very obvious, the lines blur when trying to differentiate between partying, risky or problematic use, and a true addiction. The following twelve signs are often good indicators of addiction, though they should be looked at on a case by case basis. Core features and methods of an addict tend to be more behavioral, “involving different ways people adjust their lives to accomodate their substance use.”

1. Tolerance
2. Withdrawal
3. Dependence
4. Social Sacrifices
5. Risk-Taking
6. Secrecy
7. Financial Problems
8. Relationship Issues
9. Keeping a Supply
10. Getting a Headstart
11. Different Hygiene
12. Family History

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