Are You Addicted? Parallels Can Help You.

Are You Addicted?

Signs and Symptoms your indulgence could be a problem:

  • Preoccupation with the substance or pastime
  • Loss of Control, unable to stop, walk away or stay away
  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal
  • Moodiness: Dependency on anything often causes mood-altering side effects when the addicted user is separated from the addictive substance or activity.
  • Distraction
  • Dishonesty in regard to use
  • Failed attempts to control the use or behavior
  • Loss of Boundaries or inhibitions
  • Psychological changes (especially if addiction is to a substance such as glassy eyes, eye changes or nasal congestion)
  • Loss of a significant relationship, problems at work or school, less time to devote to things you enjoy such as hobbies, all due to the use of the substance or behavior.
  • Absenteeism or school truancy
  • Decreased ability to cope
  • Continuing to use the substance or engage in the behavior even though you know it is damaging for you and you life.

Sources: The National Center on Addictions and Drug Abuse at Columbia University,, Suicide and Mental Health Association International, addictions.