When You Know You Need Help: Opiate addiction symptoms

opiate addiction symptomsHow do you know when you need help for an opiate addiction? What are the symptoms that indicate a problem with heroin, Vicodin, or another opiate?

Being dope sick

If you are experiencing the symptoms of withdrawal from an opiate, you will know! Being dope sick, as it’s called, means that you are experiencing the physical effects typically attributed to the flu, but you are not actually sick.

Your body and your brain are not handling this period of time well. The lack of the substance it has gotten used to having in its system is now gone, and subsequently the pain and pleasure reward centers in the brain do not know what is going on.

Fever, chills, muscle and body aches, constipation, and other flu-like symptoms take over the body when the opiate has not been used. Sure sign of opiate addiction.

Craving the substance

When time has passed and you have not used the opiate of your choice, the brain and body miss its presence. Physically and psychologically your system wants desperately to feel the effects of the drug once again.

Do you find yourself craving heroin, or a painkiller, even when you don’t really want to use? The receptors in your brain that have become accustomed to an opiate want that substance to come back. You experience this as a craving for the drug.

Nothing else matters

When getting high has taken priority in your life to pretty much everything else, and no matter what your friends and loved ones say, the relationship with your opiate comes first, help is needed for an addiction.

Consequences don’t stop use

Social, relational, physical, psychological, and legal repercussions resulting from your opiate use have not stopped, or even slowed down, your drug use, addiction is a real part of your life.

People like Lindsay Lohan are prime examples: DUI after DUI, leaving court-mandated rehab early, facing jail time, losing movie opportunities, and an estranged relationship with her father, and probably other family members, has not stopped Lindsay from using.

When given the option of rehab instead of jail time, Lindsay said she would participate in a drug treatment program, as long as it started after the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Lindsay has been attending the festival for years and does not want to miss out on the two-weekend long party.

The continuation of opiate use, and the presence of the symptoms listed answers the question: when do you know you need help for an opiate addiction?

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