Opiate addiction treatment is your best option for taking back control of your life if you are struggling with the adverse effects of opiate abuse.
So, you’ve been experimenting with opiates for awhile and are now wondering if you have become addicted to the substances. Is there a defining line between abuse and addiction? To answer that question, you first need to answer some questions about your behavior.
Although each person reacts differently to opiates and their effects, there are some common signs and symptoms that indicate the possibility of problems in the near future. Below is an extended list of questions to help you determine if it is time to seek help.
Determining Whether You Need Help for Opiate Addiction
Think carefully about your answers, and try to be completely honest. This questionnaire could save your life.
- Do you experience cravings for the drug?
- Have you changed your social activities because of your painkiller use?
- Do you devote a lot of time to obtaining the drug, using it, or recovering from the effects?
- Have you experienced relationship problems yet continue to use the substance anyway?
- Are you concerned and want to reduce your intake of the drug?
- Have you tried and failed to cut back or quit?
- Do you take more than the recommended amount?
- Have you continued using the drug beyond the time intended?
- Do you neglect responsibilities at home, work, or school?
- Have you operated machinery or driven a vehicle while impaired?
- Do you continue to use even though it is damaging your physical or mental health?
- Do you find that you need stronger doses to achieve the desired results?
- Have you experienced withdrawal symptoms when the drug is withheld?
Additional Symptoms of Addiction
In addition to the question above regarding withdrawal symptoms, below is a list of physical symptoms that you might experience when your drug of choice is withheld:
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- rapid heart rate
- increased blood pressure
- sleep disturbances
- anxiety, agitation
- mood swings, sudden outbursts
- shallow breathing
- heavy perspiration
- muscle aches
- tremors, seizures
If these symptoms appear, it is time to seek professional treatment. At this point, quitting on your own will not succeed due to the powerful cravings and other symptoms you will experience.
Additionally, if you have been using heroin or other opiate drugs, withdrawal symptoms can become dangerous. For example, respiratory distress is one of the dangerous withdrawal symptoms that can lead to death. Seek help immediately if you experience trouble breathing.
Where to Begin Seeking Help
If you are ready to reclaim your life from the misery of addiction, your first step is professional detox. In a detox facility, you are under skilled medical care 24/7 to ensure that you progress through detox safely and as comfortably as possible. Before entering detox, you should plan to go from there to a rehabilitation program right away. In this way, you stand less chance of relapse. Entering rehab immediately after detox is the recommended method of treatment for opiate addicts. Inpatient rehab has helped thousand upon thousands of opiate addicts reach full recovery.
It is important to note that detox and rehab are not a magical cure. For that reason, you will benefit from an aftercare program after treatment to help you stay focused and on track.
We invite you to call our toll-free number now if you would like more information about treatment for opiate addiction.