Recognizing the Signs of Opiate Addiction in Someone You Love
One of the fastest growing problems in America today is opiate addiction, which includes addiction to prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and morphine as well as illicit substances such as heroin. Over the last few decades, abuse of these drugs has skyrocketed, and there are few families that haven’t been impacted by the devastation of opiate addiction.
With nearly 2.5 million Americans addicted to opiates, it’s necessary to be able to recognize the signs of opiate addiction in someone you love. Because when you do, you’re able to intervene and get help before it’s too late.
Physical Signs of Opiate Addiction
Opiates impact the brain’s opioid receptors, causing euphoria and decreasing pain. When this occurs, there are certain physical signs you can look for:
- Pinpoint pupils
- Slowed breathing
- Randomly falling asleep, i.e., “nodding out”
- Weight loss
- Hygiene neglect (not showering, brushing teeth or hair, shaving, etc.)
Behavioral Signs of Opiate Addiction
Behavioral signs of opiate addiction are often seen by family and friends before the individual realizes his or her drug use is problematic. Here are some signs to watch out for:
- Secrets, including a sudden need for privacy, being evasive or defensive, and using slang or code words
- Neglect of responsibilities at home, work, or school
- Mood swings
- Increased anxiety
- Lack of concentration
- Poor memory
- Preoccupation with drug use
- Socialization with a new peer group
- Loss of interest in old activities
Find Help Today
Opiate addiction is dangerous. Drug overdoses are now the number one cause of accidental deaths in the US. If you have a loved one who’s addicted to opiates, it’s time to find help at Advanced Rapid Detox. Call 888-637-6968 to discuss treatment options.