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Opioid addiction is one of the most serious drug epidemics in the United States. Roughly 21% to 29% of those prescribed with opioids for pain end up misusing them. The abuse of prescription opioids itself is already a problem, but it can sometimes lead to the use of heroin, which is even more debilitating and dangerous.

If you suspect someone you care about is struggling with opioids, you should pay attention to these five symptoms below to see if you should intervene to help them find treatment.

Five symptoms of opioid addiction in someone you know

Before covering the symptoms of opioid addiction, it’s important to highlight that if the person you know has been prescribed opioids at any point, they may be more likely to struggle with addiction. The following symptoms of opioid addiction can be present in anyone who abuses opioids, but pay special attention if someone you know has recently been prescribed with opioids:

  1. Stress — The person you care about may be dealing with more stress than usual. Perhaps they have lost a job, gotten out of a relationship or are struggling with debt. No matter the cause, if they are under a lot of stress and have access to opioids, they may turn to opioids as a coping mechanism.
  2. Strained relationships — Abusing opioids can put a strain on families and friendships. The person you care about may take prescription opioids at inappropriate times or too frequently. They could get defensive when you confront them about it, and they may try to use opioids in secret to avoid conflict.
  3. Neglected responsibilities — Dependency on opioids can quickly affect a person’s ability to keep up with personal and professional responsibilities. They may neglect their family, career or education. If you notice this pattern of neglected responsibility, you should talk to them about seeking help.
  4. Legal issues — Someone who is struggling with opioid addiction may start doing things they would otherwise never do, such as stealing to get money to buy more opioids.
  5. Mental health disorder — Does the person you care about struggle with a mental health disorder, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? These disorders do not always lead to addiction, but someone who struggles with them may be more inclined to turn to substances like opioids as a coping mechanism.

Help your loved one find freedom from addiction at Tulip Hill Recovery

It’s hard to watch someone you care about destroy themselves with opioids, which is why the time to take action is now. If you believe someone you know is struggling with opioids, you can contact Tulip Hill Recovery today to find out how we can treat them and how you can approach them about contacting us for treatment.

Please contact us online or call us at 877-845-8192 to get in touch with our team and help your loved one take back control of their life.