Opiate Addiction Symptoms
Identifying opioid addiction symptoms can be difficult, especially since so many could be indicators of other underlying issues. However, it is important to identify opioid addiction as soon as possible to prevent damage to personal relationships, employment relationships, and avoiding an early death.
For years, opioids have been used to treat chronic pain. However, there has been an uptick in the number of users who have used these same prescription drugs for non-medical uses. As they develop a tolerance to opioids, their dependence on them increases. They start taking more than they should, until they do not feel better unless they take more, and more, and more…
Studies have shown that four out of five heroin users started out by misusing prescription opioids. And since heroin is hard to acquire and expensive for those who can, they have switched over to prescription drug abuse. The drugs of choice vary from user to user, but the common list includes:
Opioid Abuse Symptoms
This is a list of common opioid abuse symptoms. Individuals are unique and respond differently to certain opioids and other drugs. While this list is a good place to start, behavior changes that differ from this list could be a sign of opioid abuse or another underlying issue that should be addressed.
- Delayed Responses or Reactions
- Depressed or Suicidal
- Inability to Concentrate
- Increased or Violent Mood Swings
- Lack of Concern for Self or Others
- Poor Performance
- Staying Away from Friends and Family
Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
This is a list of common opioid withdrawal symptoms. Individuals are unique and respond differently when coming off of certain opioids and other drugs. While this list is a good place to start, behavior changes that differ from this list could be a sign of opioid withdrawal or another underlying issue that should be addressed.
- Abdominal Cramping
- Abnormal Bowel Movements
- Dilated Pupils
- Easily Agitated
- Inability to Sleep
- Muscle Aches
- Running Nose
- Runny Stool
Take Back Your Life or Help Someone With Theirs
Whether you or someone you know is dealing with opioid dependence, it is time to seek help. Fritz Clinic specializes in opioid dependence treatments and support, helping individuals overcome their opioid addiction.
We provide the treatment, support, and encouragement needed to help individuals move forward and away from opioid dependence. Our treatments are not overnight plans, but rather lifestyle changes that help individuals reclaim their life. If you are ready to take back your life, call us and schedule an appointment today.