Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Abuse
Opioid Abuse – Signs and Symptoms
Since many opioids are legally prescribed by doctors for pain management, it can be difficult to determine when an individual is abusing opioids or has developed opioid use disorder. While each individual may display symptoms differently, it’s helpful to understand the signs and symptoms of opioid abuse and the different ways it can present itself in physical, mental, and behavioral forms.
Physical Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Abuse
Opioids are incredibly powerful substances that make huge impacts on your physical health and wellbeing. Physical signs and symptoms of opioid abuse include:
- Intense or sudden elation or euphoria
- Noticeable drowsiness or sedation
- Constricted pupils
- Slow breathing rate
- Nodding off randomly or loss of consciousness
Behavioral Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Abuse
Individuals struggling with opioid abuse typically will display changes in behavior as well. Commons behavioral signs and symptoms include:
- Dramatic mood swings
- Withdrawal from social or family commitments
- Sudden financial difficulties
- “Doctor shopping,” or seeking opioid prescriptions from multiple doctors
- High number of pill bottles laying around/in the trash
- Attempts to take others’ prescription medications
Withdrawal Signs and Symptoms
An individual struggling with long-term opioid abuse will likely experience withdrawal symptoms at one point. Signs and symptoms of withdrawal can include:
- Severe headaches
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Severe anxiety
If you or someone you care about demonstrates any of these signs of symptoms of opioid abuse, it’s important to understand that there are many effective treatment options available. We understand that beginning the search for opioid abuse treatment can seem overwhelming, which is why we are here to help. Our goal is to support you through this process to find the treatment option that’s right for you––so you can begin your recovery.
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