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Millions of people take prescription drugs every day to deal with chronic pain, anxiety and for general well-being. Many people do not abuse their medication and are able to stop whenever it is necessary. Does that describe you? Or are you one of the many who have developed an opioid addiction?
If you are not sure, you should ask yourself these questions:
If you answered yes to more than two of these questions you may very well have a drug use disorder.
Addiction to opioids is certainly an internal physical affliction and a disease. But there are many outward social and behavioral signs that may also indicate a friend or someone you love is suffering from addiction.
Here are some behavior changes to look for to decide if someone needs opioid addiction help:
These are just a few of the telltale signs. You probably will recognize when a friend or family member displays behavior changes. And you may be able to help. But realize the person has to recognize their disease and has to want to be helped. It does not help to be confrontational if they are not ready to listen or ready to take action. Many people can experience both mental illness and addiction. In some cases, the mental illness may be present before the addiction. In others, the opioid use and misuse can trigger or make a mental disorder worse. The bottom line is that addiction is complicated. That’s why it is always best to consult with a competent health professional before it becomes too late.
When you know you have an opioid addiction and you can’t stop yourself, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have a loved one with an addiction, be assuring and let them know their problem is treatable. In either case, don’t wait until the substance abuser hits rock bottom before making an appointment with an addiction treatment center. If you are looking for a highly recommended intensive outpatient program in Louisville, Kentucky, look no further than Bright New Beginnings.