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opioid abuseOpioids are a class of drugs that include prescription pain medications and illegal drugs, such as heroin. Although a doctor may prescribe opioids, they can still easily lead to addiction. Anyone prescribed an opioid medication should take it with care, follow the instructions, and maintain clear and open communication with their doctor. Sometimes we think that nothing bad can happen because a doctor prescribes a medication for a real medical condition. However, that is simply not the case for some people. Opioid addiction is very real, and many people suffer from it. Often symptoms may not be present at first. However, over time specific symptoms start to show that may be warning signs of a problem or abuse.

Symptoms of Opioid Abuse

If you or someone close to you may be struggling, watching symptoms of addiction present itself is never easy. Looking for and acknowledging warning signs is a significant first step in getting the help needed to face these challenges. One warning sign there may be a problem is the inability to control the use of the opioid. Opioids can be extremely addicting, and addiction can become life-consuming. If you find you can no longer control your use, it is important to talk with someone.

Other symptoms may be flu-like symptoms, drowsiness, lack of hygiene, and a change in sleeping patterns. Isolation is another clear warning sign. If you find your loved one is increasingly pulling away, there may be a reason why. Often those facing addiction will try to keep it a secret. They may avoid going places where they cannot use their drug of choice or avoid others, hoping that people will not notice. Addiction can be scary and challenging; however, being open to seeing warning signs is the first step to getting help for opioid addiction.

Opioid abuse can happen to anyone. Opioids can be prescribed legally by a medical professional for medical conditions or obtained as illegal drugs. Whether an opioid is prescribed legally or obtained illegally, they are all extremely addictive and should be used with care. Being open to seeing warning signs within yourself and others is the first step in determining if there may be a problem with opioid dependency or addiction. At The Guest House, we know it is a big step to reach out and ask for help. We are here to help you learn more about your treatment options and to help you take that first step in working towards a successful recovery. Call us today at (855) 483-7800.