Opioid Addiction Symptoms

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Signs of opioid dependency

Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription pain relievers, and the illegal substance, heroin. Opioid and painkiller drugs are powerfully addictive, and many people find themselves abusing them after the initial prescribed treatment period has passed (after recovering from surgery, for example). There are many different types of opioids and painkiller drugs, also sometimes referred to as opiates; some common ones include: Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, as well as morphine and fentanyl. Some studies suggest that up to 4 out of every 5 heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers.

If you are concerned about a loved one in North Carolina, and suspect they may have an opioid drug addiction, here are some symptoms to watch out for:

  • Drowsiness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Slow memory or concentration
  • Slow movements and/or poor coordination
  • Apathy
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Mood swings

Another way you may be able to spot opioid drug addiction is through withdrawal symptoms, which include: heavy sweating, insomnia, anxiety, diarrhea, agitation, muscle aches, nausea/vomiting, goosebumps, and many more.

If you believe someone to be addicted to painkiller drugs or opioids, including heroin, reach out to us at Aurora Health in North Carolina. We are proud to offer opiate addiction treatment from many differant locations in North Carolina.

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