Recovery 360

A 360 Degree Approach to Addiction & Recovery

Signs and Dangers of Addiction

Physical Symptoms

  • Loss of appetite or change in eating habits, bloated or puffy look, unexplained weight loss or gain.
  • Lethargy, slowed or staggering gait, dizziness, slurred speech.
  • Extreme hyperactivity, rapid speech, wild or jerking movements, seizures, disorientation.
  • Red, watery eyes; drooping eyelids; runny nose; persistent and hacking cough.
  • Tremors or shaking hands, feet, or head; extreme nervousness or agitation (these may signal physical withdrawal symptoms).
  • Nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating unexplained by presence of another illness.
  • Needle marks (“tracks”) on lower arm, lower leg, or bottom of feet (to avoid detection).
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping at inappropriate times.
  • Noticeable change in personal grooming habits; sloppy, dirty, or unkempt appearance.

Emotional Symptoms

  • Personality changes, unexplained violent or bizarre behavior.
  • Changes in friends, new hangouts, sudden avoidance of “old crowd”.
  • Changes in activities, hobbies; loss of interest in previously important activities; discontinuation of favorite hobbies or pastimes.
  • Secretiveness, sudden withdrawal from family and friends.
  • Unexplained periods of moodiness, irritability, depression, anxiety; frequent temper tantrums and continuing resentful behavior.
  • Sudden oversensitivity (everything is a “hassle,” or a reason to “get off my back”).
  • Change or drop in performance at work or school, grades dropping off; change in habits at home.
  • Noticeable drop in attention span, nodding off in class or work.
  • General lack of motivation to do anything; boredom; “I don’t care” attitude.

Consequences on the Job

  • Confusion
  • Absenteeism
  • Spasmodic Work Performance
  • Accidents
  • Poor Concentration
  • Poor Attitude
  • Abnormal Actions
  • Lowered Efficiency
  • Declining Employee Relations