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: