Signs and Symptoms of Painkiller Addiction
Pain relievers are a class of natural and semi-synthetic compounds produced from the opium poppy plant. These medicines are often used to alleviate chronic and acute pain when taken for valid medical purposes.
Addiction to pain relievers will wreak havoc on all aspects of your life, including your relationships with loved ones, your work performance, and your overall health and well-being. That is why it is critical to recognise the signs and symptoms of painkiller addiction and get help and support as soon as possible.
What are the symptoms and signs of painkiller addiction?
The symptoms of painkiller addiction vary depending on a variety of factors, including the type of painkiller substance consumed, the amount and frequency of painkiller usage, and individual differences. However, the following behavioral/social, psychological, and physical indicators may suggest the presence of dangerous opioid addiction.
Painkiller addiction behavioral/social symptoms:
- Feeling like you want to stop taking pain relievers but are unable to do so
- Poor work performance and/or attendance
- Discovering that you exclusively associate with fellow drug users
- Isolation and social disengagement
- Loss of interest in previously appreciated activities or interests
- Lying or being dishonest about your whereabouts, activities, and the level to which you take pain relievers
- Devoting a significant amount of time to getting, consuming, and recovering from the effects of analgesic medicines
- Continuing to utilise pain relievers despite the detrimental influence on all aspects of your life
- Using pain relievers when it is clearly unsafe to do so, such as when driving
- Using prescribed pain relievers after the actual symptoms they were treating have gone away
Obtaining or stealing prescription pain relievers.
Physical Signs of Opioid Addiction
Physical signs of opioid addiction include increased tolerance to opioid medicines (requiring more and more of the substance to achieve the desired effects).
Overwhelming opioid cravings and the appearance of withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug or are unable to obtain it.
- gastrointestinal issues
- Vomiting and nausea
- pupils constricted
- Respiratory issues
- Flu-like symptoms that persist
- recurring chest infections
- Runny nose and watery eyes
- Scabs, bruises, scratches, sores, or other skin damage caused by opioid drug injection
- Disruptions in sleep
- Weight loss that was unintentional
- Kidney and liver problems
- Sharing infected needles can lead to Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.
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