Opiate addiction takes a hold of the user’s life. Originally used to treat pain, and still prescribed for chronic pain, opiates are highly abused because of their highly addictive qualities.
If you think you, or someone you love, may be addicted to one of the following opiates, there are warning signs you can use to identify if that person is struggling with opiate addiction.
- oxycodone – OxyContin
- hydrocodone – Vicodin, Lortab, or Norco
- hydromorphone – Dilaudid
- meperidine – Demerol
- other opioid analgesics or painkillers
Warning signs for people struggling with addiction
- Loss of Control Over Use
- If the individual in question says that he or she will not be using at all, or will not be using as frequently as has been the case, but the amount of drug use does not decrease, this is a warning sign of opiate addiction. The inability to control the amount of opiate use signals an addiction.
- Obsession With Use
- Do you find yourself, or this person, completely wrapped up in the process of finding opiates, of physically getting the drugs in-hand, and the process of using the opiates?
- Is there evidence of time spent gaining access to large amounts of the preferred opiate, generally on the Internet? How about time spent recovering from opiate use?
- Continued Use Despite Negative Consequences
- Has employment been impacted by opiate use? Has a romantic partner, friend, or family member threatened to leave if the opiate use does not stop?
- Have legal consequences of opiate use come into play? What about financial repercussions of drug use?
- When adverse effects have occurred directly from opiate use, and still do not slow down or stop the person’s opiate intake, this is a definite warning sign of an opiate addiction.
- Denial of a Problem
- Have you tried talking to your loved one about the problem that you believe to be an opiate addiction, and he or she cannot hear what you are saying? As far as they are concerned, there is no problem and you are just nagging, or trying to meddle in their life?
- High Relapse Potential
- If the individual in question does not do much else besides opiate use and everything that comes along with it, and he or she has spent less and less time doing activities that were once a source of pleasure, there is most likely an opiate addiction.
- If someone says quitting is the next step, but nothing changes and if quitting is attempted, it always leads to a relapse, these are all warning signs for people struggling with opiate addiction.
Blog Post By: Jared Friedman