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.
Physical warning signs of use may include:
- Changes to normal sleep patterns (insomnia, excessive tiredness)
- Clumsy, uncoordinated movements
- Flu-like symptoms, including bloodshot eyes or a runny nose
- Slurred speech
- Constricted or “pinned” pupils
Mental or psychological warning signs of a developing heroin addiction or opioid addiction include:
- Becoming more secretive, especially about spending and finances
- Ignoring important responsibilities like work and school
- Increased depression, anxiety, or irritability
- Losing interest in hobbies or relationships
- Preoccupation with medication dosing, refilling prescriptions and running out of heroin or painkillers
Get Help Fighting Opioid Addiction Today
If you’ve been worried about a loved one, or if you’re concerned about the way you use your pain medication, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible for help. To take the first step, contact us online or call (888) 782-6966 right away.