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Addictive Behaviour Warning Signs

Each person’s experience of addiction is slightly different, but usually involves a cluster of some of the below behaviour warning signs of addiction.

  1. Secretiveness and attempts to hide information.

  2. Evading questions

  3. Defensiveness, inability to be confronted

  4. Inappropriate anger outbursts

  5. Isolating oneself

  6. Criminal behaviour (for example theft, fraud)

  7. Lack of self-care

  8. Irregular eating patterns

  9. Irregular sleeping patterns

  10. Missing appointments or neglected responsibilities

  11. Impulsivity

  12. Low frustration levels

  13. Acting out sexually

  14. Increased focus on a substance or behaviour

  15. Mood swings and irritability


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