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Signs of Addiction

Signs of Alcohol or Drug Abuse

When someone is struggling with addiction, it can be difficult to tell. Common warning signs can be physical, like changes in appearance or personal hygiene; behavioral, like frequent mood swings or disregarding priorities; or psychological, like a lack of motivation or the development of a mental illness. If you have concerns about yourself or a loved one, call us at 800-832-1022 and select option 1 for a no-cost, confidential screening.

Physical Signs of Addiction

  • Slurred speech
  • Change in appearance
  • Lack of motivation
  • Insomnia
  • Enlarged or small pupils
  • Poor physical coordination
  • Change in appetite
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Bloodshot eyes

Behavioral Signs

  • Appears fearful, anxious or paranoid
  • Engages in secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • Shows a loss of control
  • Denies of addiction or hides drug use
  • Has obsessive thoughts and actions

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Start Your Journey to Recovery

Stonington Institute’s professional staff are here to help. Call 800-832-1022 or 860-535-1010 and select option 1 for a no-cost screening that gathers demographic, insurance and clinical information needed by the assessment team. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.