Opioid addiction is rampant in the US and can happen to almost anyone.
Opiates belong to a family of medications called Opioids, a range of strong pain-killing drugs. The opiate branch of this family tree consists of opium derivatives like heroin, morphine, and codeine.
All opioids have pleasant, calming side effects and can be seriously addictive, even among children as young as 12 years old.
Since most of these drugs are illegal, it’s difficult for addicts to seek help.
Is someone you love addicted to opiates? Keep a lookout for these tell-tale signs, so you can get them the help they need.
Some of the signs that someone has a problem with opiate narcotics are easy to spot. Others may involve a little sleuthing.
1. Obvious Signs Someone Is Addicted to Opiates
Some of the outward symptoms of misusing opiates include flushed, itchy skin and constricted pupils. These are common side-effects of all opioids and difficult to cover up.
Needle tracks on the arms or other parts of the body are a dead giveaway. Does your loved one keep their arms covered up constantly? You need to find out why.
2. Mood changes
Dramatic mood swings can be a symptom of several mental and medical conditions. Substance abuse is one of the causes of these irrational dips from euphoria to depression.
Withdrawing from situations where they can’t use drugs is a common tactic of opiate addicts. If your loved one has lost all interest in socializing and wants to be alone all the time, it’s reason for concern.
4. Impulsive Behavior
Reckless decisions and actions that are out of character can be a sign of drug-induced irrational thinking. They can also be a sign of desperation and a well-disguised cry for help.
5. Risky Activities
Impulsiveness usually leads to dangerous behavior. Driving while under the influence of drugs is the most common one.
Often, addicts will take opiates with stimulants like alcohol. This can have serious consequences.
6. Multiple Doctor’s Visits
Opiate addicts may visit a slew of different doctors to gain access to prescription opiates. They will have to go undercover to get their fix from illegal opiates.
Be on the lookout for unexplained absences or frequent medical appointments.
7. Excessive Sleepiness
Does your loved one nap constantly or fall asleep at inopportune times? Sleepiness is what opiates are all about. They are often prescribed to treat insomnia.
Take Action Before It’s Too Late
Drug abuse leads to severe health problems, including death. Don’t let someone you know become a statistic.
If you suspect that someone you love is addicted to opiates, the first step is to ask them if they need help.
Your family doctor can help to wean them off these narcotics and ease the symptoms of drug withdrawal. Medical intervention is always needed to cope with the severe opiate drug withdrawal symptoms they will experience.
Addiction to any substance always comes with a host of emotional side effects too. These are best addressed with a holistic rehabilitation program.
Get in touch if you want to help your loved one start their revovery journey.