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Opioid Addiction
Symptoms and Warning Signs

Opioid addiction takes a devastating toll on the life of the dependent person, gradually affecting the individual’s health, relationships, hobbies, aspirations, and self-esteem. However, despite the dramatic effects of addiction to opioids, the signs of opioid addiction aren’t always obvious, even to the dependent person’s closest friends and family members.

Opioid addiction symptoms can take many different forms, with manifestations that range from the physical to the emotional to the financial to the behavioral. Some of the warning signs may be very subtle, and may be difficult to identify as red flags for opioid addiction. The information contained on this page will help teach you what to look for, so that you can intervene and seek treatment for your loved one as swiftly as possible.

About Our Opioid Addiction Treatment Centers in the Chicago Area

Because no two people are identically affected by their dependence on painkillers, it is critically important to be able to recognize the warning signs that you or someone you love may be developing or struggling with an opioid addiction. Recognizing that a problem exists is the very first step toward finding a solution – but you don’t have to search for that solution on your own. You and your family will receive personalized outpatient treatment, counseling, and support from Soft Landing Recovery’s dedicated team of experienced physicians, nurses, therapists, psychiatrists, and nutritionists, who will be there to gently guide you on the path toward sustained recovery.

No one can overcome opioid dependency on their own. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to painkillers, Soft Landing Recovery can provide you with the tools you need to conquer addiction in a comfortable, confidential, and compassionate setting. To learn more about the opioid addiction treatment services we provide in a free and completely confidential consultation, call Soft Landing Recovery at (888) 782-6966. With convenient, accessible locations in Des Plaines, Highland Park, Lakeview, Palos Heights, and Naperville, our addiction center serves the Chicago metropolitan area.

Recovery is possible. Help is available. Hope is on the horizon.

How Can You Know if a Family Member is Addicted to Opioids?

The better you and your loved one understands opioid addiction, the better equipped you will be in your fight to overcome dependency. Continue reading to learn more about how opioid addiction occurs, and what to look for as the warning signs of opioid addiction.

How Does Someone Become Addicted to Opioids?

Addiction to opioids may develop unintentionally, as when a person becomes dependent on a painkilling drug and needs increasingly stronger dosages to relieve pain from an illness or injury. In other cases, addiction is the result of abuse that can begin with peer pressure, simple curiosity about drugs and their effects, or other psychological and emotional factors. For example, a person may turn to opioids as a means of coping with emotional pain that stems from depression, childhood abuse, the loss of a loved one, or other traumatic events.

Regardless of why the addiction takes hold, the result is the same: a brain disease that can overwhelm and overshadow every aspect of a person’s life. In most cases, there are a number of signs that indicate addiction, such as:

  • The person being driven by compulsion to seek and use drugs.
  • The person being unable to control how much and how often he or she uses drugs.
  • The person losing interest in social connections, work, and other relationships and activities they once enjoyed.
  • The person being powerless to stop, even when aware of the consequences.

The Signs

Addiction afflicts every aspect of a person’s life, from their health and physical appearance to their emotional state and ability to function in ordinary life. Some of the key signs and symptoms of opioid addiction are listed below, broken into three broad categories:

  1. Behavioral Changes
  2. Physical Changes
  3. Psychological and Emotional Changes

Behavioral Changes

Have you noticed your loved one:

  • Abandoning longtime friends, sports, and hobbies?
  • Acting suspiciously or secretively?
  • Having constant financial problems, such as lack of money and/or unexplained spending?
  • Neglecting home, work, or school responsibilities?
  • No longer being concerned with personal appearance and hygiene?

Physical Changes

Have you noticed your loved one:

  • Acting unusually clumsy or uncoordinated? For instance, is their speech sometimes slurred?
  • Exhibiting an abnormal increase or decrease in appetite?
  • Exhibiting flu-like symptoms, such as a runny nose or bloodshot eyes? What about unusually large or small pupils?
  • Frequently appearing “spaced out” or unconnected to their surroundings?
  • Giving off unusual breath, body, or clothing odors?

Psychological and Emotional Changes

Have you noticed your loved one:

  • Acting or appearing unusually nervous or anxious? Euphoric? Manically energetic?
  • Exhibiting abrupt mood swings, outbursts of anger, paranoia, or fear for no reason?
  • Sleeping too much, or too little?
  • Spending time with a new group of friends (who may also be showing some of the same symptoms)?
  • Undergoing unsettling personality changes?

Get Help Now for Opioid Addiction in the Chicago Area

Opioid addiction is not a character flaw, a sign of weakness, or a moral failing. It does not mean that the dependent person is “bad” or undeserving of help. Addiction is a medical condition, and it can only be treated as a medical condition: with proven medications and professional supervision and guidance.

If you or someone you know is showing signs and symptoms of opioid dependence, we can help you retake control. Take the first step at Soft Landing Recovery. Call today at (888) 782-6966 for a free and confidential phone consultation.

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