Opiate addiction has become an epidemic in the U.S. for the past few years. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found that more than 28,000 people lost their lives from an opioid overdose in 2014. Of those deaths, nearly half involved a prescription opiate. And with Prince’s death tied to an opiate addiction, states are scrambling to stop the epidemic. But with doctors prescribing more and more pain medication, it’s easy get addicted to prescription medication without the user even knowing about it. Many times opiate addiction can be self-diagnosable, but if you’re in the clutches of addiction, it’s hard to admit that you have a problem. And when the money runs out and you turn to heroin to get that same high, only then will you realize you have a problem.
At A Sober Place, we’ve helped many, many people suffering from opiate addiction. If you or someone you love is addicted to opioids, know that we are to assist him/her. But first, you should learn the signs of opiate addiction.
Recognizing Opioid Abuse
First, you must realize that opioids are not just one drug, such as cocaine or marijuana. Opioids, also known as opiates, are a family of drugs that are used to prevent pain. When taking these drugs, a person will get a euphoric feeling that can easily become addictive. However, opioids can also depress your respiratory system.
Some of the typical signs of opioid addiction include:
- You need to take more pills in order to get the same effect
- You’re unable to decrease the amount of pills taken
- You spend a large amount of time finding, using, and recovering from drugs
- Getting more than one prescription from doctors
- Abandoning important events or activities like seeing a relative graduate from school
- Changes in mood such as depression, irritability, lowered motivation, and increased anxiety
- Difficulty sleeping and an increase in energy
- Increase in high blood pressure and heart rate
Why You Shouldn’t Withdrawal on Your Own
Opiate addiction is very a serious condition. If you decide to withdrawal from the drug by yourself, there is a good likelihood that you will fail. You can become violently ill and experience severe pain. Many opiate addicts return to the drug because they can’t handle the withdrawal symptoms. This is why you need to enter an experienced drug and alcohol treatment facility where you can safely detox in a medical environment.
If you are ready to get clean then we’re ready for your call. Call A Sober Place now and get the help you need.