Typical addictions and symptom
- Bloodshot eyes or changed pupil size.
- Changes in eating and sleep patterns.
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
- Deterioration in physical appearance, personal grooming.
- Changes in attendance and performance at school.
- Unexplained money problems or requirements.
- Changes in friends, favourite places to be.
- Erratic and often illogical behaviour, agitation or lethargy.
- Sudden and erratic mood swings.
- Spaced out and often lack of motivation.
- Fearful, anxious, paranoid with no reason.
- May hear voices.
- Drug paraphernalia such as unusual pipes, cigarette papers, small weighing scales, butane lighters, eye drops, etc.
- Stashes of drugs, often in small plastic, paper or foil packages.
- Empty bottles of alcohol, plastic bottles which are filled with alcohol.
- Missing prescriptions, alcohol, household cleaners, other solvents.
- Most non-school hours are spent on the computer or playing video games.
- Falling asleep in school because of long hours spent on the internet.
- Lying about computer or video game use.
- Choosing to use the computer or play video games, rather than see friends.
- Being irritable when not playing a video game or being on the computer.
- Agitation and panic if away from use of computer game or internet.
- Speech, actions and thoughts influenced by the content of the games.
- Stealing to support gaming.
- Gambling with money that’s supposed to be used for something else (e.g. lunch, bus fare).
- Experiencing mood swings and feeling stressed when not gambling regularly.
- Stressed when reducing gambling or trying to stop.
- Borrowing or stealing money.
- Talking about gambling being a good way to make easy money.
- Displaying unexplained large amounts of cash and other material possessions from time to time.
- Bragging about winnings.
- Starting to place large and larger bets.
- Lying or being secretive about gambling.
- Keeping on gambling to win back lost money.