How we can become addicted
These are some of the signs that you might be able to notice in yourself or in a person close to you in the presence of an addiction:
- Compulsive repeated behaviours (e.g. an inability to stop using a substance, continuing to engage in behaviours that are damaging to your health.
- Withdraw from friends and family.
- Secrecy and tendency to lie in order to hide the object of their addiction from others.
- Taking risks – gambling with money that’s not your own, high-risk activities such as unsafe sex or drinking binges.