Since there are numerous addictions, there are the different signs of addiction for the most prevalent types of addictions.
Here is an overview of some things to look out for in yourself and others.
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Signs of Addiction To Alcohol:
As with any addiction, there are signs of addiction to alcohol, and its signs are usually very obvious to those who have experience with alcoholics and alcohol addiction. However, if you have no experience or are the possible addict, the signs of addiction to Alcohol can be more difficult to see.
Here are a few of most common signs of addiction to alcoholism:
- You drink alone.
- You try to hide your drinking.
- You make excuses to drink (you need to celebrate, you had a bad day, you are at a party so you have to have at least one drink).
- You believe you need to drink to function.
- Drinking often causes nausea and vomiting.
- Inability to control alcohol intake and you drink more when feeling down.
- Inability to recall events (“What did I do last night?”).
- A failure to keep up with your physical appearance.
- Violent episodes and risky behavior associated with drinking.
- You get angry when confronted about your drinking habits.
- Odd sleeping patterns, especially excessive sleeping cycles.
- Abnormal movement, slowed reactions, slurred speech and disorientation.
If you’ve experienced any of these signs of addiction in your own life or noticed them in the life of a loved one, an alcohol addiction is more than likely what you are looking at. It can be overcome and a full recovery made, but there are steps you need to make. Otherwise, the addiction will worsen.
Read How To Overcome Alcohol Addiction here Overcoming Alcohol Addiction
Signs of Addiction To Drugs:
How can you tell if you are a doctor’s order’s abiding prescription drug user or suffering from drug addictions? The signs of addiction are there, even if the addict attempts to appear fully functional, over time they will lose that ability and their addiction will come to the light.
Here are a few of the signs of addiction to drug abuse;
- Extreme amounts of energy and an inability to sleep. Cycles of increased activity, restlessness, (This is a sign of someone using stimulants, such as cocaine or methamphetamine.)
- Crashing in cycles, and sleeping excessively when the crashing occurs.
- Failure to maintain physical appearance.
- Failure to fulfill work or family related obligations.
- Sudden weight loss or gain.
- Disappearing for hours, days or even weeks at a time.
- Constant excuse making for disappearances and neglect of responsibilities.
- Stealing money or asking for it without good reason.
- Pawning or selling valuables for money.
- Mood swings and personality changes.
- Expressed anger when accused of drug use.
- Unexpected changes in clothing, such as constantly wearing long sleeved shirts, to hide scarring at injection sites.
- Abnormally slow movements, speech or reaction time, confusion and disorientation. (This is a sign of someone using depressants, such as alcohol, opiates like heroin, benzodiazepines and barbiturates.)
- Drug related smells on clothes and in hair.
- Drug related paraphernalia, such as unexplained pipes, roach clips, syringes, broken lighters and small plastic baggies
- For snorted drugs, chronic troubles with sinusitis or nosebleeds.
- For smoked drugs, a persistent cough or bronchitis, leading to coughing up excessive mucus or blood.
- Severe dental problems (This is a sign of someone using methamphetamine.)
There are many ways in which drug addictions affect the addict and they are apparent. After taking a close look at the signs on this list and comparing them to your own behaviors you can tell if you have a drug addiction. Catching it before your life itself goes up in smoke is the key.
Read How To Overcome Drug Addiction here Overcoming Drug Addiction
Signs of Addiction Of Someone in Need Binge Eating Help
Binge eating, like similar eating disorders, often goes untreated until dramatic weight and health issues have already occurred.
It’s easy to mistake binge eating for a form of emotional eating that will pass, unless you know what to look for.
Here are signs of someone in need of Binge eating help:
- Eating when not hungry, and thinking about eating when not doing so.
- Eating when feeling low or depressed.
- Eating in secret or eating differently in front of others than when alone, and isolated eating due to fear of others seeing how much and how quickly you eat.
- Consuming large amounts of food and then purging later with vomiting or laxatives.
- Eating foods that are known to be harmful to the individual consuming them.
- Storing food in strange places to eat at a later time.
- Eating to escape emotional hurts.
- Feeling disgusted and/or ashamed after eating, but making no attempts to exercise off the weight.
- Feeling an inability to control eating habits, but desperately wanting to.
- Experiencing feelings of guilt.
These signs are some of the most common found in those in need of Binge eating help, but don’t fool yourself into thinking that you aren’t that bad or at risk of becoming a binge eater if you only related to a few of the signs and not all.
Seeking help with your eating is vital to your health.
Read how get Binge Eating Help here Binge Eating Help
Signs of Addiction to Anorexia Nervosa or Under eating:
What should you look for if Anorexia is suspected?
Here are a few signs of Anorexia Nervosa or Under eating:
- Dieting despite being thin or underweight.
- Obsessive calculating and tracking of weight, calories, fat grams, nutrition and content in food.
- Pretending to eat or lying about eating.
- Preoccupation with food.
- Strange or secretive food rituals and a refusal to eat around others or in public places.
- Dramatic weight loss with no medical cause.
- Feeling “fat” despite being underweight.
- Fixation on body image or clothing size, and obsessively examining the body in a mirror.
- Harshly critical of appearance.
- Wearing baggy clothing to hide extreme weight loss.
- Cold chills.
- Forbidding oneself from eating specific foods and setting strict diets.
- Hiding uneaten food in strange places.
- Sensitivity towards references about weight and defensiveness when confronted about eating habits.
- Fatigue, black outs, dizziness and headaches.
- Genuine Phobia of becoming “fat”.
- Addictive exercising.
- Abuse of diet pills, laxatives or enemas.
- Poor appearance in hair and nails, as well as discoloration in teeth and skin.
- Denies being too thin.
The above signs are just a small variety of the possible results of Anorexia eating disorders, knowing these signs and catching on to them as early as possible can save the life of an Anorexic, especially one who is in the beginning stages of their disorder.
Read How To Overcome Anorexia Eating Disorder here Overcoming Anorexia Eating Disorder
Signs Of Addiction To Bulimia Disorder Eating
Knowing the signs of Bulimia Disorder Eating will help you to realize whether you are a bulimic and possibly in denial, or whether or not someone you love is in need of help:
- Secretive eating patterns and avoiding eating in front of others.
- Abrupt and frequent excusing of themselves to go to the bathroom during or following a meal.
- Running water in the bathroom to hide the sound of vomiting and/or attempting to cover up the smell with air freshening sprays and the use of mouthwash or gum.
- Obsessive calculating and tracking of weight, calories and content in foods.
- Addictive exercising.
- Abuse of diet pills, laxatives or enemas.
- Fluctuating weight.
- Fatigue, dizziness and migraines.
- Poor appearance in hair and nails, as well as discoloration in teeth and skin.
- Flushing uneaten portions of food down a toilet and hiding food in strange places to eat at a later time.
- Frequent sore throats and puffy cheeks due to swollen glands.
- Knuckle and hand scars or bruising due to sticking fingers down the throat to induce vomiting.
- Loss of sexual interest.
- Insomnia, depression, mood swings and feelings of guilt or self hatred.
- The signs of Bulimia Disorder Eating are often apparent from the beginning, if you know what to watch for.
However, denial can contribute to ignoring the eating disorder and delayed treatment can have major damage on the bulimic, as their eating habits get more out of control.
Read How To Overcome Bulimia Disorder Eating here Overcoming Bulimia Disorder Eating
Signs of Addiction to Stress Eating
How can you tell if your eating habits are identical to those who indulge in stress eating?
Here are a few signs of addiction to help you view your eating more clearly:
- Your hunger comes on suddenly, seemingly out of the blue you feel an urge to eat and it is usually after an upsetting event or you’ve experienced an emotion you don’t enjoy.
- You feel as though you must eat a particular food when you feel upset or depressed.
- You find yourself going out of your way to get the food that you want in that moment (driving to a fast food restaurant or store late at night).
- The taste of the food soothes you and you continue eating until you are uncomfortably full.
- You eat to avoid thinking about or partaking in activities that stress you out.
- You pick up quick, unhealthy food choices because your day is busy and stressful.
- You reward yourself with food when you accomplish something that makes you feel exhausted or stressed.
- You eat more at events or in situations that cause you to feel stressed or anxious.
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Stress eating occurs in all of us from time to time, but if the signs sound like your typical responses to negative events or emotions and eating, you are likely dealing with this form of eating disorder. You may not be able to think of other ways to handle your stress, but eating won’t solve the underlying problems. In fact, stress eating can cause you many more problems.
Read How To Overcome Stress Eating here Overcoming Stress Eating
Signs Of Addiction To Sugar:
How can you tell if you or a loved one has a sugar addiction?
Be honest with yourself, as recognizing and admitting to your addiction is the only way to recovery.
Here are a few tell tale signs of addiction to sugar:
- Eating high-sugar or starchy foods like lollies, noodles, bread or pasta every day.
- Stress or depression leads to binging.
- An inability to stop eating these foods or exercise portion control.
- You binge on sugar products when extremely stressed or depressed.
- Obsessing over certain foods.
- You have a private stash of sweets to go to when you’re feeling low.
- You add sugar to foods and beverages that are already considerably sweet.
- You are defensive when someone suggests that sugar is unhealthy and even feel attacked.
- A decrease in weight due to a lack of nutrients or weight gain due to over consuming sugar products.
- Extreme energy levels and sudden crashes.
- Inability to discontinue use of sugar products even after they cause physical discomforts or health issues.
Were any of the signs of addiction too familiar to you?
It isn’t easy to admit that you are an addict, no matter what your addiction is to.
Think of the results of an addiction that belongs to an addict who never seeks recovery.
There’s plenty of damage that can be done.
Read How To Overcome Sugar Addiction here Overcoming Sugar Addiction
Signs of Addiction to Chocolate:
How do you differentiate between the average chocolate lover and a “Chocoholic” suffering from chocolate addiction?
As with any addiction, there are signs that can lead to the answer.
Here are a few that are common signs of addiction in chocolate:
- Stress or depression leads to binging.
- Your indulgence in chocolate increases when you are stressed out or feeling depressed.
- You consume chocolate on a daily or even weekly basis.
- You exhibit poor portion control, eating entire chocolate bars when you really just want to eat a piece or square and even consuming a large amount of chocolate in one sitting.
- You get defensive when someone suggests that chocolate is unhealthy or that you are eating it too often.
- You think about and crave chocolate to the point of an inability to focus, even experiencing withdrawal symptoms like migraines.
- You use chocolate for an energy boost and crash later on.
Do any of the signs of addiction sound similar to your own relationship with chocolate?
Or perhaps a friend’s?
Even if you are a self proclaimed “Chocoholic” and you had embraced the term, even laughed about it, you may be a struggling with a very real addiction to your favorite treat.
Read How To Overcome Addiction To Chocolate here Overcoming Chocolate Addiction
Signs of Addiction to Exercise:
Getting yourself in gear by exercising is a great and admirable idea, but how can you tell when you are taking care of your body and well being and when you are ruining them?
Here are a few signs to help you come to a conclusion on whether or not you are suffering from any signs of addiction to exercise:
- Chronic fatigue, soreness and stiffness.
- Relying excessively on exercise.
- You rise bright and early everyday to exercise, even if you aren’t feeling up to it due to sickness or an insufficient amount of sleep.
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
- Anxiety and discomfort with the idea of rest or relaxation.
- You have dropped other hobbies and recreational activities to create more time for exercising.
- You have placed yourself on a strict diet and began taking pills (for weight gain or loss).
- You exercise while injured and even believe enduring the pain makes you a better athlete.
- Work out partners have accused you of being too competitive.
- Feelings of worthlessness when not exercising.
Do the aforementioned signs of exercise addiction strike a chord in your exercising habits?
You don’t have to give up your pursuit of a healthy body and mind, but perhaps you do have an addiction to exercise and you need to redirect that pursuit of healthiness with recovery before any further damage is done to you and your life.
Read How To Overcome Addiction to Exercise here Overcoming Addiction To Exercise.
Signs of Addiction to Work (Workaholic):
How can you tell if you are a great worker or greatly addicted to work?
There are signs of addiction and they are typically obvious to those around you, even if you don’t notice them yourself at first:
- There is no separation between work and home, and you often bring unfinished work home with you.
- Even at home, work is the top priority.
- Only true “happiness” is found in work.
- Work always seems to take precedence over family and leisure time.
- No social life other then work-related events.
- Work is the topic 24/7, you constantly talk about work and people and events related to your workplace.
- You become defensive when anyone suggests that you work too much or should cut back on work.
- You do not take vacations or you take work along with you on vacations.
- You often stay late after work and come in early
- You pick up extra hours when you have no need for them
- You become defensive when anyone suggests that you work too much or should cut back on work. You become upset when friends and family ask you to spend time with them when you have work to do or that you could be doing.
- You use work as an escape from your outside life.
- You are constantly trying to make contacts and achieve promotions.
- You feel worthless when you are not working.
Read How To Overcome Addiction To Work here Overcoming Addiction To Work
Signs of Addiction to Shopping (Shopaholic):
How can you tell when your use of a dollar is detrimental to your well being?
There are signs of addiction to shopping, just as there are signs of other addictions.
Here are a few of the most common signs of addiction shared by shopaholics:
- It is not a one-time shopping spree, it is a chronic problem and you often shop and splurge alone, as opposed to others who shop and spend more when shopping with friends.
- Spending over budget.
- You buy compulsively and often regret purchases you’ve made because you didn’t really need the item.
- Hiding purchases from family members.
- Hiding credit card bills and receipts from a spouse or parent.
- A vicious circle or buying, feeling guilty, returning item’s and then buying again.
- You have impaired relationships because of shopping and overspending.
- You use shopping as an outlet for stress, shopping more and spending more when you are depressed or going through job or relationship problems.
- You are incapable of sticking to a budget and often overspend.
- You justify your shopping and purchases, they are rewards that you have earned.
If you noticed your own shopping habits within the list of signs of shopping addiction, you should seek help in the form of recovery before your shopping addiction spirals further out of control
Read How To Overcome Being Addicted To Shopping here Overcoming Shopaholic Addiction
Signs of Addiction to Gambling:
Unlike the physical signs that accompany most addictions -foreshadowing the worst- those who need help with gambling addiction may not get that help for some time due to the lack of signs able to be seen by themselves and those around them.
Still, there are ways to spot signs of addiction to gambling, in yourself or others.
Here are a few of the most common signs linked to this addiction:
- You get defensive when someone suggests that you may have an addiction to gambling.
- You lie to friends and family about the time and money you invest in gambling, to the point of demanding control of all household finances to cover up where and how much money is going.
- Become increasingly desperate for money to fund the gambling, you find yourself pawning and selling household valuables to pay off bills and debts.
- You frequent casinos, poker parties and even partake in online gambling games.
- You find it difficult to stop playing once you start while at a casino, poker party or while participating in online gambling games.
- You make excuses to take trips to the casino.
- You choose gambling over work and family time, it is also beginning to replace your other hobbies.
- You continue to bet after a huge loss or a significant win.
- You become desperate for funds to gamble and ask for money from friends, family members, loan companies and take out excessive cash advances on credit cards.
If any of these signs sound similar to your gambling behaviors, it is a great possibility that you have an addiction and need help with a gambling addiction. As with any addiction, catching it early on is ideal, before too much damage is done.
Read How To Overcome Addiction To Gambling here Help With Gambling Addiction.
Signs of Addiction to Sex:
What exactly is sex addiction?
How can you tell if you simply enjoy sex and are not abusing it, or if you need to learn how to fight a sex addiction?
Here are the most apparent signs of addiction displayed by those suffering:
- You get urges to masturbate that you cannot fight and feel overpowered by your addictive sexual behavior.
- You have multiple sex partners and find it impossible for you to be faithful to any one individual.
- You use pornography consistenly.
- Engaging is unsafe sex.
- You engage in casual sex with anonymous partners whom you’ve met online or on a hotline.
- You have paid for sex, visiting prostitutes.
- You use sex as an escape or to fill an emotional void.
- You feel shame, pain or guilt after masturbating or engaging in sexual acts.
- You lie to your spouse about the time you spend watching porn or masturbating, or deny doing either altogether.
- You have lied and rearranged your schedule to engage in sexual acts or masturbate.
- You’ve failed at attempts and broken promises to stop acting out sexually.
These are just some of the ways in which sexual addiction takes form in the addict.
Do any of these behaviors sound similar to your own?
If yes is the answer to the question, recovery awaits you once you determine how to fight sex addiction.
It’s a battle worth fighting, as it can do tremendous damage on your life and the lives of those whom you love and who love you.
Read How To Overcome Sex Addiction here How To Fight Sex Addiction
Signs of Addiction to Pornography:
The majority of individuals watch or have watched pornography. The films and magazines are meant to be enjoyed so enjoying them is not an instant indication of an addiction to pornography.
Here are some real indications of this addiction:
- An inability to stop using porn despite previous attempts to do so.
- You become upset when asked to stop viewing pornography, if you are interrupted while viewing porn, or if it is suggested that you view it too much or too often.
- Hiding or attempting to keep secret all or a part of the porn use.
- Continuing the behaviour despite obvious consequences, like a relationship or job loss.
- Getting lost in the problem porn use, such as spending more time than intended, losing track of time.
- You cannot help but visit pornographic websites while online, whether at home or at a work place and often lose track of the time while exploring these sites.
- You use pornography to escape reality.
- You have relationship problems as a result of your pornography usage.
- You find it difficult to achieve orgasm or enjoy sex at all with your partner.
- You compare your partner to pornography stars and try to emulate sex acts seen on a pornographic video.
- You subscribe to pornography magazines and/or websites.
- You feel ashamed or guilty after viewing pornography.
- You suffer withdrawal symptoms when you are unable to watch pornography; this includes irritability, anxiety and constant thoughts or fantasies about the next time you will get to view pornography.
How does your pornography usage match up with that of pornography addicts?
Like sex addiction, it can be difficult to admit to such a personal addiction and be open to help.
Yet, realizing that receiving help is the only way to recovery and getting help with pornography addiction will ensure that it doesn’t cause further damage to your life and the lives of those around you.
Read How To Overcome Pornography Addiction here Overcoming Addiction To Pornography
Signs of Addiction to the Internet:
How do you determine whether or not your internet usage is healthy and normal, or an addiction?
Here are some signs of addiction to help you to differentiate:
- A mixture of feeling relaxed and guilty while at the computer.
- Unsuccessful efforts to quit or limit your computer use.
- Lose track of time while on the computer or internet.
- Neglect friends, family and/or responsibilities in order to be online or while online.
- Lying to your boss and family about the amount of time spent on the computer.
- Feeling anxious, depressed, or irritable when your computer time is shortened or interrupted.
- Use the computer repeatedly as an outlet when sad, upset, or for sexual gratification.
- Develop problems in school or on the job as a result of the time spent and the type of activities accessed on the computer.
- You experience withdrawal symptoms when you are not able to use the internet, including anxiety over the next time you will get online and constantly thinking about what is happening online.
- You have been unsuccessful in lowering the amount of time you spend on the computer or stopping usage completely.
- You become upset when someone or something interrupts your time online.
- You have been reprimanded at work or school for your internet usage and it interferes with your productivity at either.
Do any of these signs sound like your feelings and behaviors in relation to internet usage?
If so, you may have an addiction to internet.
It’s more common than you know and it is just as real of an addiction as drugs and alcohol.
Over time, without recovery being sought, it can take a toll on your life.
It’s important to realize the damage it can do and how to cure internet addiction.
Read How To Overcome Addiction To The Internet here Overcoming Addiction To The Internet
Signs of Addiction to Cigarettes:
You might think that cigarette addicts know who they are and that they are in fact suffering from an addiction. However, some are as in denial as any type of addict, ashamed to admit that have become powerless to their habit.
Here are a few signs of addiction to cigarettes:
Suffering withdraw symptoms when placed in situation where smoking is not allowed, which can include:
- depressed mood
- difficulty concentrating
- decreased heart rate
- increased appetite or weight gain
- Smoking despite health problems related or aggravated by smoking.
- Giving up social or recreational activities that don’t allow smoking.
- Smoking cigarettes as a means of stress relief or in attempt to curb other cravings, such as food and sweets.
- Smoking despite health problems related to or aggravated by smoking.
- Giving up social or recreational activities that don’t allow smoking.
- Enduring cold climates or rain to smoke a cigarette outdoors while at a work place or any other place that does not allow smoking.
- Including cigarette purchases in your budget.
- Failed attempts to quit smoking through the use of patches, gums, hypnosis or other recommended cessation methods.
- Experiencing common withdrawal symptoms when placed in a situation that does not allow you to smoke including anxiety, impatience, restlessness, irritability, increased appetite, weight gain, decreased heart rate and difficulty concentrating.
If any of these signs rang a bell, there’s a good chance you have a cigarette addiction. Like all addictions, cigarette addiction does far more damage than good to the lives of its abusers.
Read How To Overcome Cigarette Addiction here Overcoming Cigarette Addiction
Signs of Addiction to Television:
There are signs that go beyond being called a “couch potato” or a remote control hog.
Here are some things to look out for in yourself and the members of your household to recognize signs of addiction to television:
- You watch television mindlessly, unaware of anything going on around you or even what exactly it is you are watching.
- You have televisions in every room of your home and often fall asleep with the television on.
- You cannot sleep without the television on.
- You neglect personal hygiene, work, family and other responsibilities because you are too involved in a show you are watching.
- You cancel recreational events or rearrange your schedule so that you don’t have to miss a show on television.
- You relate to characters on television and feel more connected with them than you do with people in your real life.
- You associate television watching with food or certain emotions (for example, you grab a gallon of ice cream and flop down in front of the television after you’ve had a bad day or are feeling low).
- You often stay up late watching television
- You experience withdrawal symptoms when you are unable to watch television, including anxiety, depression and seemingly incurable boredom.
How do the signs and behaviors of television addicts compare with your television viewing habits?
If you’ve experienced similar symptoms you may be suffering from television addiction.
Like any addiction, you can free yourself of its chains.
Read How To Overcome Television Addiction here Overcoming Television Addiction
Signs of Addiction to Coffee:
If you are like the majority of the world, you are a consumer of coffee. Purchasing it on lunch break runs for every office employee occupying a cubicle, brewing it up at the start of a work day, savoring the smell of it and the warmth of the cup in your hand as you settle down for a chat or to enjoy a good read at your favorite café. Coffee has become a part of the American culture, but it has also become one of the most prominent world wide addictions as well.
So, how can you tell if you are among the average coffee drinkers who simply enjoy an occasional cup or if you have a coffee addiction that you need to get under control?
Here are some common signs of coffee addiction and behaviors exhibited by those addicted to it:
- You drink coffee in excess amounts, purchasing larger sized cups.
- You drink coffee at the start of every day.
- You use coffee for comfort when you are stressed out or feeling low.
- You use coffee for energy boosts and crash later on.
- You scrape change to get up enough money to purchase a coffee.
- You lie about the number of coffees you’ve consumed on any given day.
- You frequent coffee houses and cafés, often knowing the employees or owners by name and vice versa.
- You associate coffee houses and cafés with your social life, inviting friends and dates to meet you there for any social activities
- You feel as though you need a coffee to get through your day.
- You suffer from insomnia and often feel restless.
- You experience withdrawal symptoms when you go without a coffee for an extended period of time including headaches, nausea, jitteriness, irregularity in your heart beat, exhaustion, irritability, gastrointestinal issues, muscle tremors and difficulty concentrating.
If any of the signs or behaviors seemed similar to your own, you can safely bet that you have a coffee addiction. It’s easy to develop an addiction to coffee, with it being so available and affordable. It also seems to have many benefits. What’s not to love about a little energy boost in the form of a warm, satisfying liquid? Plenty, when you are addicted to it and need recovery to stabilize you and overcome it.
Admit to your coffee addiction and refrain from justifying your consumption of it. There’s no amount of stress handled in a day, at work or at home, that justifies downing a Tall cup of caffeine and feeding into your addiction. Find other ways to relieve your stress or reward yourself for jobs well done. It’s a social drink, but you can learn to say no and opt for other beverages when you are offered a cup. Go to a library if you want to engage in light conversation or read a book in a peaceful public place. When you take conscience steps towards your recovery you can learn to put down the cup that is your coffee addiction.
Read How To Overcome Coffee Addiction here Overcoming Coffee Addiction
Signs of Addiction to Solitaire:
Are you a lover of computer games, especially addiction solitaire?
Do you worry you may be playing the game to the extent of abuse, and are possibly suffering from solitaire addiction?
There are tell tales signs of addiction associated with the playing solitaire that can help you determine whether or not your game play has become unhealthy and is in fact a full blown addiction requiring recovery.
Here are a few of the signs and symptoms most addicts of addiction solitaire share:
- You get an adrenaline rush while playing addiction solitaire.
- You feel guilty about playing the game during play or after play and even close or minimize the window on your computer when others come around.
- You lose track of time while playing addiction solitaire.
- You lie about the amount of time you spend playing addiction solitaire or even thinking about playing.
- You become defensive when someone suggests that you play addiction solitaire too often or that it is interfering with your life and normal activities.
- You have been scolded at work for playing solitaire and it has affected your productivity.
- You become upset when someone or something interrupts your game play.
- You play addiction solitaire when you are feeling depressed or stressed out.
- You often stay up late to play addiction solitaire.
- You often neglect your physical appearance and ignore personal hygiene needs when indulged in game play (for example, you skip showers because you don’t want to stop playing addiction solitaire).
- You have trouble sticking to a routine eating schedule and skip meals while involved in game play.
- You avoid going out, decline social invites and ignore family members when playing addiction solitaire.
- You get frequent migraines from staring at the computer screen for extended periods of time.
- You have backaches due to sitting at your computer for extended periods of time.
- You are unable to stop playing addiction solitaire at any given time, especially in the middle of a current game.You have upgraded your game play by purchasing solitaire software or downloading advanced versions of addiction solitaire from the internet.
- You have become addicted to the computer or internet.
Did you see yourself in any of those signs of the addiction solitaire addict?
There’s no need to fear or worry if you did. It’s a rather common addiction, and one that many sufferers don’t even recognize they have. Still, it is an addiction and requires commitment to recovery to break free of it before it consumes more of your time and life.
Addiction solitaire affects the lives of more people than you know. Think of all the people it is available to, young and old. Employed and unemployed. Anyone with access to a computer is able to play solitaire and therefore stands a chance of becoming addicted to it. The seriousness of solitaire addiction was brought to the light in 2005, when North Carolina State Senator Austin Allran proposed the anti-solitaire legislation. He believed that by erasing games like solitaire from company computers employees would be more productive.
By admitting to your solitaire addiction and treating it as any other addiction, by reaching out for recovery, you can overcome it!
Read How To Overcome Addiction To Solitaire here Overcoming Addiction To Solitaire