How to Tell if Someone is Abusing Opioids

man with head in hands suffering from opioid abuse

Signs of Opioid Abuse that Indicate Your Loved One Needs to Obtain Professional Treatment

Opioid abuse can affect anyone in any profession. Those individuals struggling with this illness are often able to hide it for a time. But going without treatment early on it has serious consequences for both physical and mental health. Do you suspect someone you know, or love may be struggling with this problem?

At first, it’s pretty easy for a person suffering from opioid abuse to hide the clues indicating a dependency problem. Before long the signs become too serious to ignore.

The following list of signs can indicate that a person is struggling with opioid abuse and needs treatment.

Symptoms of opioid abuse may include:

  • Taking more of an opioid prescription pain killer than prescribed
  • Complaining that his or her doctor won’t write a new opioid prescription
  • Experiencing physical symptoms when deprived of the opioid
  • Profuse sweating, diarrhea, moodiness, and behavioral issues when no opioid is available (withdrawal)
  • Failure to meet normal work or school obligations
  • Frequently missing work or school claiming illness
  • Disrupted sleep patterns resulting in insomnia and exhaustion
  • Become irritable and argumentative if asked questions about abnormal behavior
  • Withdrawal from normal social and family activities
  • Financial difficulties
  • Seeking outside sources for opioids including stealing from family and friends and doctor-shopping
  • Recurrent use after being warned of the dangers of opioid dependency
  • Exacerbated symptoms for those suffering from emotional illnesses (depression, bipolar)
  • Engaging in dangerous and illegal activities in order to obtain opioids

Every individual experiences his or her own set of symptoms. It can be an emotional roller coaster for the person’s family members.

If You Discover a Loved One is Abusing Opioids, Avoid Displaying These Reactions

  • Depression and anxiety over your concerns (talk to your physician)
  • Lying and making excuses for your loved one’s behavior (enabling)
  • Avoiding your family member in order to eliminate dealing with their behavior
  • Calling or threatening to call the police if you suspect opioids have been obtained illegally
  • Displaying anger and disgust and accompanying negative comments
  • Making threats to disown him or her if there is not compliance to your demands

Counseling and Treatment Options for Opioid Abuse

Your loved one may not believe opioid abuse is really his or her problem. It’s important to approach the subject from an area of love and concern for their health and well-being. Expressing anger or disappointment in their actions may push them away from you and from getting needed help. Here at Hope Canyon Recovery we perform a medical and psychological evaluation of your loved one to determine the specific treatment their opioid abuse indicates. Each patient is treated as an individual.

If you are struggling with the daily ups and downs of a loved one with opioid abuse, don’t let it affect your physical and mental health. Remember, you need to maintain your health in order to be of help to your loved one.

Don’t hesitate to call us at (619) 343-2395 and speak to one of our professional staff members who can guide you through the treatment, program, and recovery programs we can offer your loved one.

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