Opiate Addiction Signs and Symptoms

About Opiate Drugs

Opiate addiction signs and symptoms are often quite noticeable, as opiate addiction causes major instabilities in its abusers. Opiates are drugs that can be derived naturally or synthetically from either the opium poppy plant or in a pharmaceutical laboratory. Opiates are both legal prescription medications and illicit street drugs. Some of the legal opiates commonly prescribed would be morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and codeine. Heroin is an illegal opiate sold on the streets.

Opiates are relatively safe when taken for short-term pain relief and under the close supervision of medical personnel. That said, opiate addictions are on the rise, and the opiate addiction epidemic has caused major societal and financial issues for almost every state across America. Opiate addiction signs and symptoms can vary from individual to individual, but there are some commonalities that all opiate addicts experience. Once individuals recognize opiate addiction signs and symptoms in their loved ones, the decision to seek treatment is urgent. Opiate addiction signs can be confused with other chronic illnesses, which can delay recognition and treatment. 

Risk Factors for Opiate Addiction

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Signs and Symptoms of Opiate Addiction

Some opiate addiction signs and symptoms are easier to recognize than others. For many individuals addicted to opiates, the specific reasons for their addiction remain a mystery. There have been shown to be genetic factors that play a role in an individual’s likelihood of becoming an addict. There are also some indirect genetic influences that may cause an increased risk of opiate addiction or any addiction at all. Peer groups play into this group, as who we choose to spend our time with will directly impact our behaviors. An individual’s coping factors also have a role in the chances of drug addiction or opiate dependency. Should you have questions or concerns, call Coastline Rehab Centers now and speak to one of our phone counselors.

  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Decreased motivation
  • Euphoria
  • Improved alertness
  • High heart rate/blood pressure
  • Lowered appetite
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Decreased inhibitions
  • Sensitivity to all stimuli
  • Constipation
  • Slowed and shallow breathing
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Bronchospasms and chest pain
  • Breathlessness

Common Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms 

  • Severe cravings
  • Stomach pain and cramping
  • Cold sweats and chills
  • Joint and bone pain
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, nausea
  • Muscle contractions
  • Body shakes
  • Disrupted sleep and insomnia

Opiate Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders  

It is quite common for opiate addicts to have co-occurring disorders. Usually, this involves the abuse of two substances, but it can also include physical and psychological disorders. It has been stated that opiate addiction can open up a Pandora’s box of issues and problems for the heroin addict and their families. It is important to understand and recognize that co-occurring disorders become an emergent issue when mental illness is a factor. Mental illness and opiate abuse seem to have a magnetic pull towards each other, possibly from the changes in brain function caused by opiate abuse. Some of these co-occurring disorders are the following:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Tobacco Use
  • Cannabis Abuse
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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