Top 5 Signs of Drug Addiction

In the beginning, signs of drug addiction are easily masked or explained away with excuses. “I’m tired,” or “I don’t feel well,” are common answers to curious questions about the new addictive behavior.

As the addiction progresses, however, warning signs become more obvious if you know what to look for. If you notice a number of these symptoms in someone you love, it may be time to schedule an intervention through The Canyon.

#1: Cravings and Relapse

Increased anxiety, depression and difficulty concentrating are all side-effects of constant cravings for an addictive substance. Promises to give up using are quickly abandoned when the user realizes the drug makes it temporarily easier to deal with life’s problems.

The theory that “I can quit anytime” is proven wrong when tested.

#2: Tolerance

Woman looking out train windowAs the body adjusts to the drug and larger and larger doses are necessary in order to achieve the original high, changes in eating habits, sleep, appearance, finances, and personality become noticeable. The user may still be making excuses for his or her tell-tale behavior, but once a pattern is identified it becomes impossible to hide.

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#3: Risky Behavior

The high you get from using drugs may make any person feel untouchable. Activities and situations that would never happen while sober don’t seem to be a big deal while under the influence. Possessing drug paraphernalia, stealing, sharing needles, having unprotected sex, and continuing to use even when on the job, education, and physical health are all in jeopardy. These risky behaviors may add up to seriously dangerous scenarios.

#4: Effects on Memory and Motivation

Young woman taking pillThe most important thing in the life of an addict is his or her drug of choice. Responsibilities are shunned, personal goals are ignored, and interest is lost in all other activities that don’t revolve around getting or using drugs. Because treasured things are no longer important, they are easily forgotten and the interest in fixing mistakes or moving forward in life are all but gone.

#5: Withdrawal Symptoms

Anytime the drug is absent, the withdrawal symptoms associated with detox begin to affect the user almost immediately. Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the drug being abused, but in general, addicts become restless, resentful, and highly defensive during these periods. Symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, chills, cramps, shakes, sweats, seizures and even psychotic behavior may also be observed.

Treat Drug Addiction

The Canyon has a strong, clinically-based treatment program that addresses all aspects of an individual’s chemical dependency, psychiatric and emotional needs.

Upon admission, each client is assessed by an internist, addiction specialist and a psychiatrist, and then monitored throughout their stay in treatment.

The Canyon’s approach to healing for individuals is an equally balanced approach that addresses chemical dependency and mental health issues, provides individual and group therapy, promotes immersion in 12-step recovery work and self-help support groups, and provides introduction to a variety of mindfulness and spiritual philosophies and practices to enhance personal spiritual connection and personal growth.

The Canyon at Peace ParkIf you have any questions about the signs of drug addiction or suspect that your loved one may be suffering from addiction, call 424-387-3118 now for a confidential assessment or to set up an appointment. Professional interventionists are also available to assist you in confronting the addict in your life and staging a drug rehab intervention.

Call The Canyon today.


Dear Friends,

On November 10, 2018, the Woolsey Fire destroyed The Canyon at Peace Park’s treatment facility. At this time, The Canyon at Peace Park is not accepting patients for any services. We arranged for the safe and seamless discharge or transition of all patients when we were forced to evacuate due to the fire.

For over 12 years, The Canyon at Peace Park has been privileged to provide integrated treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders to patients across the nation. Our main focus has always been on our patients and their success. We have served hundreds of patients and their families, providing exclusive treatment and services for a wide range of behavioral health and addiction issues.

Our trained, compassionate staff has been committed to delivering quality patient care with dignity and respect, with the goal of helping our patients return to their communities as healthier individuals. We are extremely proud of the sacrifices of those who worked every day, often under challenging circumstances, to positively impact our patients’ lives.

We thank the physicians and staff for their expertise and dedication in providing high quality, compassionate treatment and care to the patients we have served.

We look forward to carrying on The Canyon at Peace Park’s legacy through our outpatient locations in Santa Monica and Encino. Foundations Recovery Network also has other residential and outpatient facilities around the country offering the same high quality of service you’ve come to expect from us.

If you need help finding treatment, please visit or call for more information.

To request medical records please contact UHS-NRO Records Department. Fax a copy of the completed/signed ROI form to FAX# (615)-997-1200 or it can be emailed to [email protected] If you need additional guidance on medical records, please call (615) 312-5834


The Canyon at Peace Park Leadership Team