How to Tell Whether a Loved One Has An Opioid Addiction


Opioid addiction is a chronic condition that makes the addict continue to use opioids for non-medical reasons. Opioids attach to some brain receptors resulting in pain blockage, lifting mood, and lowering anxiety levels. They also increase dopamine levels in the brain leading to euphoria.

Opiate-related drug overdose kills about 70,000 people in the USA per year. Many addicts desire to stop using drugs but are reluctant because of the pain that is associated with withdrawal. Dr. Thomas C. Yee is a specialist in opioid addiction and has been treating opioid addicts with a withdrawal-free method.

Which People Are More Prone to Get Addicted to Opioids?

Some people are more likely to get addicted to opioids than others. They include:

  • People who are dealing with the loss of a loved one because opioids tend to dull emotional pain
  • People who have had a history of being abused in the past
  • People who have been addicted to other drugs in the past
  • Patients with chronic pain like cancer patients
  • People who are suffering from mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, because opioids tend to give them a soothing effect
  • People who have undergone traumatic experiences

How Can You Tell if a Loved One Is Going Through Opioid Addiction?

Most family members can tell when something is wrong with their relatives because they can notice some behavior changes. However, many people may be in denial of this and choose to believe that everything is okay when it’s not. It is, however, advisable to accept that a loved one is going through challenges like addiction and help them to seek medical treatment and save their lives.

Listed below are some ways to know when a loved one has an addiction:

They Will Have Drug-Seeking Behaviors

Addicts will most times come up with excuses to visit a doctor like they have lost their medications or that they gave their medications to a friend. They will also keep changing doctors so as to get another prescription or go to a different pharmacy for a refill.

They Will Have Money Issues

Addicts tend to use most of their money on buying drugs and therefore when they run out of money, they will keep borrowing or steal. They may start having unpaid bills or unpaid rent when they were okay in the past.

They will give lame excuses for why they need the money and when you start being suspicious they disappear. They end up in financial instability

You May Start to Notice Some Mood Changes

Opioid addicts get mood swings and may sometimes get very irritable or anxious. Some addicts may go into depression. Some may become short-tempered.

Social Isolation

Addicts may start to withdraw from important social relationships and start isolating themselves from their friends or relatives.

Changes in Physical Appearance

Some addicts may neglect their hygiene and start looking unkempt.

Being Absent Minded

Addicts may zone out in conversations and most times just nod their heads. They may alternate between sleep and wake states during conversations.