Opioids Are Widely Prescribed, Or Used Illicitly, To Treat Pain Caused By Injuries, Illnesses, And Surgical Procedures
Some common examples of opioid painkillers include oxycodone, hydrocodone, and other pain medications containing codeine.
While opioids can be effective in alleviating pain, they can also be extremely addictive — even when used as directed, and even when the person has no history of addiction or substance abuse. Any person from any walk of life can become addicted to opioid medication, whether legally or illegally obtained.
Opioids are addictive because they cause feelings of relaxation and euphoria, leading to physical and emotional dependence. However, it is not always easy to tell when a person is addicted to opioids, or where to draw the line between necessary and unnecessary use of medication.
If you are worried that you may be growing dependent on your pain medication, or if you’re concerned about the way a loved one uses his or her prescription pain pills, you should learn how to recognize some red flags of addiction.
Exhibiting one or two of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you are addicted to or misusing your pain medication. However, if you have observed any of the symptoms listed here, and you feel worried about the risk of addiction or know that you are already addicted, it is crucial to reach out for help as soon as possible.
Physical Signs of Opioid Addiction:
- Frequent constipation
- Increase or decrease in sleep (insomnia, excessive napping)
- Increased clumsiness or loss of coordination
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Respiratory problems or abnormal breathing rate
- Flu-like symptoms
Emotional/Mental Signs of Opioid Addiction:
- Agitation, irritability, or hostility
- Apathy or lack of interest in relationships and hobbies
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Excessive focus on obtaining/using the medication
- Loss of motivation or ambition
- Mood swings
- No longer caring about important responsibilities
Other Signs of Opioid Addiction:
- Unexplained disappearances for long periods of time
- Unexplained financial problems or increases in spending
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.