In the simplest of definitions, an addict is a person, man or woman, who is having their life controlled and dictated by drugs and drug abuse. You might notice that you find the need to take a drug, even after it’s no longer needed in order to help with a problem regarding your health.

Or as you’re taking the drug, you find yourself needing to take more and more in order to experience the same effects—this is something that’s often called “tolerance”. And then when you’re done with the drug, you find yourself feeling incredibly uncomfortable. You might feel stressed or depressed even. You might feel sick in the stomach, and your head starts to ache. Or maybe you experience inexplicable moments of increased sweating and fatigue. In even worse cases, you might find yourself running a fever, even though you’re not sick, or getting confused.

Maybe the symptoms are not so physical, they could be mental. If you’re experiencing an addiction, you may find yourself thinking a lot about the drug, even if you’re not supposed to be taking it anymore. You might start to crave it, needing it because it made you feel good during your time of sickness, or maybe you want it to relieve those bad symptoms you’ve been experiencing since you stopped.

These are signs of addiction as well. Have those thoughts gotten so heavy that you don’t even have an interest in the things you used to do? Is it starting to affect the way you carry out your normal daily routines and tasks, even your normal sleep patterns? Do you find yourself having trouble interacting with people, even considering how to use them to help you get drugs?

Then you may be experiencing a drug addiction. There are a great number of ways to tell if you’re an addict, but if you notice any of these common symptoms, it is important that you seek help and begin the path to recovery as soon as possible. The longer you allow it to continue, the harder it will be to get back up.