Things You Should Know About Opioid Medication Addiction

by Daniel Harris consultantagency

The dangers of prescription painkiller addictions, including abuse and overdose of the drugs, have skyrocketed lately. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, opioids is the most abused drug with more than 2 million Americans abusing opioids and more than 90 Americans dying by opioid overdose every day, on average. Opioid medication, New York City, is typically prescribed to help relieve pain from injuries, surgeries, toothaches and dental procedures, and even chronic conditions such as cancer. The medicines work by reducing the number of pain signals that the body sends to the brain, and also plays a role in changing how an individual’s brain responds to pain. For some, opioids also create a feeling of euphoria, especially in individuals who are not in pain. The medicines are safe when used correctly, as per doctors’ instructions. But often it is seen that people aren’t following their doctor’s instructions and misusing them, this is how they become addicted. Misusing opioids can also mean taking the drug illegally.

Possible signs of an addiction:

Drug addiction mainly causes behavioral changes, such as

1.      Loss of interest in activities

2.      Intermingling with different groups of people or changing friends

3.      Time more spent alone than with family and friends, avoiding family and friends altogether

4.      Eating more or less than usual

5.      Always exhausted and very sad

6.      Being cranky or jittery

7.      Sleeping at odd hours

8.      Quickly changing moods

9.      Forgetting about or missing important appointments

10.  Lack of interest in staying well-groomed, such as not bathing, changing clothes or brushing their teeth

11.  Very often getting into trouble with the law

12.  Being overly enthusiastic, talking fast and saying things that don’t make sense

13.  Experiencing financial hardship

Symptoms of opioid addiction:

Opioid drugs include oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), and meperidine (Demerol). The first and the most crucial step towards recovering from an addiction is by recognizing that you have a problem with opioids. As already have been mentioned, the signs and symptoms of substance abuse is mainly physical, behavioral, and psychological, with one clear sign being not being able to stop using the substance. Some of the other signs and symptoms of opioid abuse include drowsiness, poor coordination, poor judgment and decision-making, nausea, vomiting, physical agitation, constipation, slurred speech, mood swings, lowered motivation, anxiety attacks, irritability, euphoria, shrugging off responsibility, etc.

Symptoms of opioid overdose:

An overdose of opioids will require urgent medical treatment. Dial 911 right away if you suspect someone has overdosed on opioids. Watch out for symptoms in the individual like unresponsive/unconscious (passing out), vomiting, constricted pupils, slow, irregular breathing, or no breathing at all, and slow, erratic pulse, or no pulse.

Opioid Addiction Diagnosis and Treatment:

A medical health professional can diagnose opioid addiction that often includes a medical assessment, and also testing for mental health disorders.

Prevention is better than cure. If you safely use opioids, you’re least likely to become addicted to them. Unfortunately, their potential for addiction is high, more so for individuals who’re using them for long-term pain management.

If you or someone shows the aforementioned signs of opioid addiction, the good news is, there’s still hope for a happy, healthy life with proper treatment. The treatment for opioid addiction varies from person to person, with the main goal of the treatment being helping an individual to stop using the drug. Doctors prescribe certain medicines to help relieve your withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the drugs.

A drug rehabilitation center can help with your addiction recovery. By getting professional help, you’ll be better equipped to overcome your opioid addiction.

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