Sometimes it starts slowly… creeping into the life of you or the ones you love day by day until you don’t recognize the person looking back at you. In other cases, it hits you like a freight train, but no matter how it happens painkiller addiction is not going to go away on its own.
In 2017 alone, 18 million people misused prescription medication. The cycle has to stop, but how do you spot the signs of addiction before a life-altering drug overdose?
It isn’t ever easy to see a loved one in the clutches of prescription drug abuse, and it is even harder to look in the mirror and see the signs of abuse staring back at you.
We want to help you through it. We have put together a list of warning signs that can help to identify there is a problem and get you can get working fast on the solution.
Warning Signs of Painkiller Addiction
The following 5 signs are signs that could help you spot prescription drug abuse and possibly save a life.
1. Behavior changes
Mood swings and hostile behavior seemingly out of nowhere are an early sign of addiction. Often times unavailability of the drug can cause aggressive behavior. A change in decision making abilities and/or engaging in risk-taking behavior is something to look out for as well.
2. Using more than the recommended dosage
There are many disorders that go hand in hand with addiction. Often times prescription drug abuse begins with misuse of a medication that belongs to the user. They may develop tolerance and start to take more than needed. In some cases, the pain might feel stronger as drug tolerance increases, creating a vicious cycle of misuse.
3. Highs and Lows
An addiction to opioids can cause euphoria and excitability, followed by drowsiness and sometimes confusion. An extremely energetic attitude shortly followed by agitation or anger is common. These high and lows on a regular basis are a warning sign that there could be a problem.
4. Physical Withdrawal
When a dose is missed serious physical symptoms can occur. Muscle aches, sleep changes, and flu-like symptoms are just a few signs of withdrawal.
5. Secretive Behavior
Using deceitful behavior to get access to the drug is a tricky sign as the addict will go great lengths to hide the addiction. Keep an eye out for things like falsely losing pills to obtain a new prescription and forging prescriptions.
The Next Step
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms you are not alone. Painkiller addiction is not the end of the road. There is light at the end of the tunnel. The important thing is to be strong and vigilant in the recovery process and take it one day at a time.
If you or someone you know needs help with the recovery process contact us or visit our page for more information.