It’s Not Always Easy To Tell When You Or A Loved One Is Becoming Addicted To Opioids
No one becomes addicted on purpose, and for some people, the process is so gradual that it’s difficult to tell whether something is wrong. It’s important to learn how to recognize the warning signs of addiction or dependence to opioids. The sooner you are able to recognize when you or a loved one is developing an addiction, the earlier you can intervene and seek help.
One of the reasons opioids are so addictive is that they can cause physical dependence, which means the person needs to keep using the drug in order to feel physically “normal.” The more heavily a person uses opioids, such as painkillers like oxycodone or acetaminophen and hydrocodone, the more pronounced the physical effects become.
When a person stops taking opioids, they can enter a process called “withdrawal,” which is the body reacclimating to the absence of the drug. Without medication, withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable, both physically and psychologically, which makes it harder to stop using. At Symetria Recovery®, we remove this obstacle for patients by providing medications, such as Suboxone® (buprenorphine), Vivitrol® (naltrexone), and methadone, that eliminate withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings, freeing patients to focus not on the fear of withdrawal, but on treatment and eventual recovery.
Depending upon the addiction, signs can vary. See opioids and painkillers addiction signs and heroin addiction signs.