Opioids are a class of both prescription medicines and illegal drugs that cause effects in the brain. They can block or reduce the number of pain signals sent to the brain making them effective pain killers. They can also cause the brain to release endorphins causing the user to feel happy, euphoric, or high. Those effects make these very addictive.
Some opioid drugs that are commonly abused include:
Opioid Drug Abuse Side Effects
Opioid drugs can have several psychological, behavioral, or physical disorders. Having an opioid disorder means that there is no way someone can abstain from using the opioids. The side effects of an opioid disorder can affect the user's everyday behavior. Here are a few of the warning signs to look out for if you suspect a loved one could be experiencing opioid abuse.
- Slurred speech
- Lack of hygiene
- Changes in sleep habits
- Drastic mood swings
- Poor decision making
- Spending less time with family and friends
Not everyone can show any of the signs right away. It can take time. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but this list can serve as an example of some of the more common symptoms you could see or even experience. If you or a loved one are having trouble with opioid abuse, please reach out to a medical professional for help. There are specific programs and treatments that you can be active in to help fight your addiction and reach for recovery.