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What Are the Signs of Opioid Addiction?

What Are the Signs of Opioid Addiction?

When a person starts using more of a drug than prescribed, or acting differently following use of opioids, those may be some signs of addiction. When opioids are used as intended, they should not produce a high but those who are addicted seek a high that comes from overuse. Find out what some of the signs of addiction to opioids are and how to seek help.

Signs of Abuse

There are several signs of abuse to watch for if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to opioids:

  • Taking the substance longer or in larger amounts than intended. Prescription painkillers are meant to be a short-term fix; extended use can signal trouble. People typically only use them for three days, maybe a week at most.
  • Unsuccessful attempts to quit. If a person wants to quit, this can be harder for some people because genetically, along with environmental and psychological factors, this may put some opioid users at elevated risk for addiction.
  • Excess time recovering. A person with addiction might spend time and money seeking drugs or find other substances to use.
  • Cravings are strong and the urge to use occurs. A person might be aware opioids have negative consequences but the brain is addicted and seeks more of the drug.
  • Repeatedly failing to keep up with life. Opioid use disrupts sleep patterns, causes sedation, and alters life in many areas including work, home, and school. The person may be unaware there is an addiction at all.
  • Personality changes may occur. A person can get defensive about use, argue with family, fight with providers over use, and generally be a challenge to be around when seeking more opioids.
  • Withdrawal from hobbies. Skipping leisure pursuits or group outings can occur, a sign the person is isolating and moving further into addiction.

Treatment Options

Various treatment options may be available, including visiting opioid specialists and taking drugs designed to help people with addiction. A person’s primary care doctor, or the one who prescribed the drugs, may be able to help assess the situation and recommend options. It is recommended households with a person with heavy use of opioids monitor supply of the drug and also to keep Narcan around in case a person overdoses. There are treatment programs that will assist a person in withdrawal and recovery from use of opioids in a safe environment.

Trained addiction counselors and staff are here to support your journey back to health from addiction to opioids. We care about your safety and well-being and want you to be healthy and happy again. Let us help you recover from addiction and get your life back on track. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401