How To Spot An Opioid Addiction

November 7, 2019 5:07 pm Published by

The opioid epidemic has impacted all of our lives. Most of us know someone or suspect someone in our lives may have a problem. Opioid abuse is not a joke and it can cause serious illness or death to you or a loved one.

If you’ve been spending time with a loved one or a friend and have noticed changes in that person it may indicate that he/she is abusing opioids. Some of the signs you should be on the lookout for include:

  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Taking medication “just in case”
  • Mood swings
  • Trying to “borrow” medication from others
  • Actions that are out of character and putting those around himself/herself at risk

Of course these signs can also be indicative of other issues too, but they are major indicators that the person you love is abusing prescription drugs. If you notice these changes in the person’s behavior you should take them seriously and encourage that person to seek help. While he/she may be resistant at first, you could be saving their life.

Approaching someone who you suspect has a drug problem can be a tricky thing, but if you approach them from a non-judgemental helpful place they are more likely to take you seriously and hopefully take you up on your offer to help.