Opioid Dependence: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and Getting Help

Posted on: May 23, 2021 by in Medications Treatment
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Many don’t realize they are heading towards opioid dependence, but addiction to this substance group is incredibly common. Oftentimes, those prescribed opioids for legitimate pain relief are not aware of just how high the addiction risk is.  

Risk Factors

There are several risk factors for opioid addiction:

  • The type of drugs being taken
  • How the drugs are being taken (pill versus injecting, etc.)
  • The length of time the drugs are used
  • Genetics
  • Environment
  • And more

Warning Signs

Some of the warning signs that you or someone you love might have a prescription drug problem are fairly simple to spot.

Warning signs include:

  • Obsessive thoughts about drug use
  • Constant worry there won't be enough of the drug
  • Being fearful or experiencing extraordinary anxiety that you will lose access to the drug
  • Restlessness and anxiousness when not taking the drug
  • Being physically sick when the drug is not taken
  • Mood swings or personality changes
  • Lying
  • Needing higher or more frequent doses in order to maintain baseline levels of satisfaction

Need Help?

If you or someone you love might have a problem with prescription drugs, don't wait to get help. If you've noticed any of the warning symptoms above, chances are good that you or your loved one already has a substance abuse problem.

Reach out to your trusted medical professional in order to being your journey to recovery. Recovery is possible and there is a multitude of treatment plans available to you.

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