If you think you or someone you know may be addicted to opioids, there are signs to look for that will alert you that it’s time to get help.
Opioid use disorder is a medical condition defined by not being able to abstain from using opioids, and behaviors centered around opioid use that interferes with daily life. Being physically dependent on an opioid can occur when someone has an opioid use disorder and is characterized by withdrawal symptoms such as cravings and sweating. However, people can misuse opioids and not have physical dependence. When a person has physical dependence, it can be particularly hard to stop taking opioids, and that dependence can interfere with daily routines, including personal relationships or finances.
Someone struggling with opioid use disorder may not display symptoms right away. However, over time, there may be some signs that they need help.
Common Signs of Opioid Addiction
- The inability to control opioid use
- Uncontrollable cravings
- Changes in sleep habits
- Weight loss
- Frequent flu-like symptoms
- Decreased libido
- Lack of hygiene
- Changes in exercise habits
- Isolation from family or friends
- Stealing from family, friends or businesses
- New financial difficulties
The physicians and staff at Eugene & Oleander can help to determine if there is an opioid use disorder and if physician-guided treatment might help. Please contact us for a phone consultation to see if medication-aided treatment is right for you or the person you care about. Help is a phone call away.