Signs and Symptoms

With thanks to G. Douglas Talbott, M.D. and Linda R. Crosby, MSN Talbott Recovery Campus, Atlanta, GA


  • Withdrawal from activities
  • Frequent Absences
  • Frequent Arguments; child/spousal abuse
  • Family members display codependent behaviors
  • Children engage in abnormal, antisocial, or illegal activities
  • Sexual problems (impotence, affair)
  • Separation/divorce (initiated by spouse)


  • Multiple complaints
  • Increased use of prescription medication
  • Increased hospitalizations
  • Frequent visits to physicians, dentists
  • Personal hygiene, dress deteriorate
  • Accidents, trauma, ER visits
  • Serious emotional crisis


  • Decrease in community affairs
  • Change of friends, acquaintances
  • Drunk & disorderly, DUI arrests
  • Loss of confidence in attorney by community leaders
  • Involvement with place of worship changes
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Isolation from support systems


  • Disorganized appointment schedule
  • Hostile behavior to staff and clients
  • “Locked door” syndrome (using at work)
  • Borrowing money from co-workers, staff
  • Frequently sick
  • Clients begin to complain to associates, staff
  • Frequent unexplained absences


  • Inappropriate behavior, moods
  • Decreasing quality of performance
  • Inappropriate pleadings, decisions
  • Co-workers and staff “gossip” about changes in behavior
  • Malpractice and disciplinary claims
  • Missed hearings, appointments, depositions
  • Loss of clients, practice, respect