The term opiates refers to a class of drugs used as pain killers that includes both illicit street drugs such as heroin and prescription drugs such as morphine and oxycodone. These drugs can be swallowed, snorted, smoked or injected and are becoming a serious problem for many. The following are several signs that you may need treatment for opiate addiction:
- More and more of your time and money is going towards getting opiates
If getting and using opiates is increasingly becoming your main focus and you are sacrificing time and money you once devoted to other activities, it is a sign that you are suffering from an addiction.
- You are “doctor shopping”
Doctor shopping is the practice of getting prescriptions from multiple doctors without them being aware of it. This is done to get more opiates than what is usually prescribed and is illegal.
- You suffer withdrawal symptoms if you abruptly stop using
If you begin to experience symptoms such as nausea, muscle aches, and cold sweats if you suddenly stop taking opiates, you should seek out treatment at a facility that can provide you with a medically supervised detox.
- You lie to friends and family members about your use
If you have to hide your use, then part of you already knows that it’s a problem.
- You are suffering from physical, mental, emotional or legal consequences as a result of your using
You feel tired, depressed, anxious and hopeless. You got caught forging prescriptions or writing bad checks. These are all signs you need help for your opiate addiction.
- You require greater amounts of the drug to achieve the same effect
It now takes you twice—or three or four times—as much of the drug to feel the same effect as it first did. This is known as developing a tolerance and it is a sign that you need professional drug treatment.
- You feel like you cannot function without opiates
You believe that you need opiates to go to work, to school, have fun, sleep etc…One of the greatest lies our addiction tells us is that we cannot function without drugs. However, the truth is that we once did all those things without the use of opiates.
Recovering Souls is a free service that finds drug and alcohol treatment for addicts and alcoholics. We specialize in determining the most appropriate and effective type of treatment for each individual client. We can find you a treatment facility that treats opiate addiction. Don’t lose hope—it can get better. Contact Recovering Souls today to learn more about how we can help you.