Signs and Symptoms
When a person starts using drugs, recreational use can quickly turn into a full-blown addiction. It is often difficult for the person or family and friends around them to recognize the problem in its early stages. Below we begin to introduce opioid addiction symptoms that you can identify.
Breaking free from the grips of addiction takes outside help. When you realize that you or a loved one needs help, it is important to act fast. The disease of addiction is a disease that takes lives. If you or someone you know needs help with substance abuse, we can help.
There are both behavioral and physical symptoms of addiction to look for as a result of using drugs. While they vary significantly from person to person, here are a few common ones to look for:
- Dilated or constricted pupils
- Bloodshot, red eyes
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- Decreased coordination
- Slowed reaction time
- Paranoia or hallucinations
- Psychotic and violent behavior
- Memory problems
- Slurred speech or rapid, rambling speech
- Weight loss
- Chills and sweating
- Lack of pain sensation
- Rashes, bruises, bumps around drug entrance points (nose, if snorting)
- Needle marks (if injecting drugs)
- Coordination problems
- Repeated drug use – daily or multiple times a day
- Withdrawal symptoms when drug use stops
- Needing more to get the same effect over time
- Taking more than you intended
- Spending money irresponsibly
- Not meeting obligations or fulfilling responsibilities
- Continuing to use even after facing negative consequences
- Driving under the influence
- Stealing to maintain a supply
- Being irritable or aggressive
- Lack of energy or enthusiasm for anything other than using
- Attempting to control or stop use, and failing
If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or in a loved one, they might be suffering from addiction. Please know that there is a solution.
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