Symptoms of opioid addiction
The first step to any problem especially recovery from an addiction is recognizing that you have a problem. The symptoms of opioid addiction can be physical, behavioral and also psychological. The biggest sign is when you are unable to either stop from using more than the recommended amount or also when you just can’t stop using opioids at all.
Other signs and symptoms of opioid abuse include:
- poor coordination
- shallow or slow breathing rate
- nausea, vomiting
- physical agitation
- poor decision making
- abandoning responsibilities
- slurred speech
- sleeping more or less than normal
- mood swings
- euphoria (feeling high)
- lowered motivation
- anxiety attacks.
Symptoms of opioid overdose
Of course, an overdose of opioids requires immediate emergency medical treatment. If you suspect someone has overdosed on opioids, then call 9-1-1 immediately. In some states, a prescription nasal spray naloxone (Narcan) is available to keep on hand in case of an opioid overdose. Talk to your doctor to see if you might need this medicine.
For example, symptoms of an overdose include:
- unresponsive (can’t wake)
- slow, erratic (irregular) breathing, or no breathing at all
- slow, erratic pulse, or no pulse
- loss of consciousness (passing out)
- constricted (small) pupils.
Treatment for opioid addiction is different for each person, but the main goal of treatment is to help you stop using the drug (this is called detox) and avoid using it again in the future (this is called avoiding relapse).
To help you stop using the drug, your doctor can prescribe certain medicines to help relieve your symptoms of opioid addiction and also control your cravings. These medicines include methadone (often used to treat heroin addiction), buprenorphine, and also naltrexone.
After detox, behavioral treatments such as individual counseling, group or family counseling, and cognitive therapy can help you learn how to manage depression, avoid the drug, deal with cravings, and heal damaged relationships.
What should I do if I think I’m addicted?
The first step in breaking addiction is realizing that you control your own behavior. The following steps will help you fight your addiction:
Commit to quitting.
Take control of your behavior and commit to fighting your substance abuse addictions.
Get help from your doctor. He or she can be your biggest ally, even if you’re trying to quit a drug he or she prescribed. Your doctor may be able to prescribe medicine that will help ease your cravings for the addictive drug. Talking with your doctor or a counselor about your problems and your drug use can be helpful, too.
Get support. Certain organizations are dedicated to helping people who have addictions. They want you to succeed and will give you the tools and support you need to quit and move on with your life. Ask your family and friends for support, too.
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