Opioid and Opiate Addiction
Opioid Addiction is a disease that affects your brain and your behavior. Over time, your brain actually changes in ways that cause you to develop a powerful dependence on a substance or practice. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can even result in disability or premature death.
Opioid Addiction Symptoms
The first step toward recovery is recognizing that you have a problem with opioids. The signs and symptoms of substance abuse can be physical, behavioral, and psychological. One clear sign of opioid addiction is not being able to stop using the substance. It is also not being able to stop yourself from using more than the recommended amount. Other signs and symptoms of opioid abuse include:
- Noticeable elation/euphoria
- Marked sedation/drowsiness
- Slowed breathing.
- Intermittent nodding off or loss of consciousness
- Constipation (Opioid Induced Constipation)
- Doctor-shopping (getting multiple prescriptions from different doctors)
- Shifting or dramatically changing moods
- Social withdrawal/isolation
- Sudden financial problems