The following list of common signs of drug and alcohol addiction and abuse are not all-inclusive, but are the most frequent signs of addiction, or that someone has a problem and needs to seek help.
- Changes in personal appearance—disheveled condition, the smell of alcohol or substances on the breath or on clothes, bloodshot eyes, sometimes noticeable weight loss or weight gain.
- Change in personal lifestyle, inability to complete work, absence from work or school.
- Mood swings, irritability, drastic change in personality, trouble with the law.
- For both drug and alcohol use, continuing substance abuse if someone has mentioned that there may be a problem, or expresses concern. Being defensive or justifying substance use / abuse.
Differences between Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Drug and alcohol addiction are diseases that manifest themselves in different social behaviors. The following signs of addiction are divided between common drug addiction and alcohol addiction behaviors.