Recognizing Signs of Opioid Abuse and Addiction
Although someone addicted to opioids may not show warning signs right away, there are some tell-tale signs that may suggest opioid abuse. The experts at The Good Life Treatment Center are here to share some physical and behavioral changes that may suggest an issue with drug abuse.
What Are Opioids?
Opioids are a class of drugs that are typically used in a medical setting to help to manage pain. When prescribed by a doctor, they can include drugs like oxycodone and morphine. Synthetic and illegal opioids can include illegally made fentanyl and heroin.
Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For
Some common behavioral changes that you may notice in someone abusing or addicted to opioids may include:
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Decreased sex drive
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Stealing money or valuables from loved ones
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- New financial issues
- Inability to control opioid use
- Memory issues
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood swings
- Increased secrecy
- Craving opioids
- Using more drugs than prescribed
Some common physical changes that you may notice in someone abusing or addicted to opioids may include:
- Weight loss
- Frequently showing flu-like symptoms
- Increased tiredness
- Higher tolerance to opioids
- Small pupils
- Slowed breathing
- Itching and scratching
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased irritability
If you suspect that a loved one may be struggling with opioid abuse or addiction, looking into professional treatment may be helpful.
Seeking Help at The Good Life Treatment Center
At The Good Life Treatment Center, we’re a different kind of treatment center—we believe in the treatment and recovery of the body, mind, and spirit. We’re committed to working with you to help remove the burdens of shame and guilt that addiction so often brings. We think there’s a better, freer way, to live life.