The serious nature of substance abuse cannot be understated, especially when it comes to addictive drugs such as opiates. Opiate use is particularly dangerous due to the various harmful effects they have on the body. In the respiratory system, opiates can slow breathing and result in the individual’s death. Opiates can also cause liver damage due to the acetaminophen found in prescription painkillers.
Although one of the most commonly known opiates is heroin, some others include: morphine, oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone and fentanyl. These prescription painkillers are the source of addiction for many individuals all over the country.
What may be some of the signs you’re physically addicted to opioids? Ask yourself the following questions:
- After being prescribed opiates, have you taken more than the doctor recommended usage?
- Do you think about heroin or other drugs containing opiates when you wake up in the morning?
- Has your use of opiates caused you to be neglectful of important responsibilities?
- Have you been unable to quit usage despite your desire to do so?
- Since using opiates, have you had significantly less interest in activities that you previously found fun and/or exciting?
- Are you spending a large portion of your income to acquire heroin/other opiates?
- Have you been unable to maintain healthy relationships, friendships and jobs due to opioid use?
- Are you rearranging your priorities around your usage or ability to obtain heroin or prescription medicine containing opiates?
Answering “Yes” to any or all of these questions may indicate signs that you’ve become physically addicted to opioids and need help. Admitting to yourself that you have succumbed to drug abuse is the first step to recovery and sober living. Seeking help with opioid addiction is important and the staff at Treatment Alternatives Massachusetts drug rehab is available to help you find your way. Don’t let an addiction to any substance prevent you from living a healthy and productive life.
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