Signs a Loved One is Abusing Opiates

Watching a loved one struggle with addiction is one of the most difficult experiences that anyone will ever undergo. Active addiction is a disease of denial and self-destruction – if your loved one has been abusing opiates or any other chemical substance, here she will rapidly become a shell of his or her former self. After several weeks you might not even recognize your loved one. addiction completely hijacks the mind and the body and causes people to act in erratic ways – ways in which they would never otherwise act. After watching a loved one struggle with substance abuse, you will probably start to feel completely helpless and alone.

How Can You Tell Someone is Using Opiates?

You will wonder what you can do to help…if anything. While it is true that for your loved one to get well, he or she must have a certain level of willingness, there are always ways to help point your loved one in the direction of recovery. At Recreate Life Counseling we work closely with a team of experienced interventionists, all of who boast extremely high success rates. If your loved one hasn’t been abusing opiates and you feel as if you hit a wall, reach out to us today for more information on professionally staged interventions. If you are unsure whether or not your loved one has been abusing opiates, there are several warning signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for.

Signs a Loved One is Abusing Opiates

Signs a Loved One Is Addicted to Opiates 

Numerous signs indicate your loved one has been abusing opiates, including the following:

  1. Your loved one is spending more time by him or herself and is isolating him or herself from you and other loved ones
  2. If your loved one is doing abusing heroin, you might find bruising or track marks on the inside of his or her arms, and if he or she has been abusing prescription painkillers, you might find empty pill bottles or other indications of excessive use
  3. If your loved one is abusing a prescription opiate-like codeine or morphine, he or she might be engaging in doctor shopping – which essentially means visiting more than one doctor at a time and attempting to get multiple prescriptions
  4. Opiates tend to severely impact sleep schedule, and if your loved one has been abusing opiates there is a good chance that he or she might have trouble staying awake throughout the day, or may appear to be falling asleep or nodding off at seemingly inappropriate times
  5. If your loved one is abusing opiates, he or she might experience mood swings marked by irritability or agitation and might seem angry or irritated for no apparent reason
  6. There are many other symptoms associated with opiate abuse that tend to vary on a person to person basis, including a lack of attention paid to personal hygiene, financial and legal issues, being dishonest about opiate abuse, and an increase in risk-taking behaviors

Interventions for Opioid Addicted Individuals  

A professionally staged intervention is often necessary when it comes to opiate addiction – especially heroin addiction. Because heroin and prescription opiates like codeine and morphine are so highly addictive, it is often difficult for people who have been abusing these drugs for any period to find the willingness it takes to quit on their own accord. If you would like to learn more about professionally staged interventions, or if you would like to be placed in touch with one of our experienced and successful interventionists, give us a call at any point in time.

Recreate Life Counseling and Opiate Addiction Recovery 

At Recreate Life Counseling we have extensive experience treating men and women of all ages who have been struggling with opiate abuse and dependence. because opiate narcotics are so highly addictive and because the psychological cravings that go hand in hand with opiate abuse can be so difficult to overcome, a multi-phased program of recovery is almost always necessary. Individuals who have been abusing opiates must enter into a medical detox program before they transition into drug rehab.

This will allow for a safe withdrawal in a closely monitored setting, and the clinical staff at the medical detox will help find a rehab facility that meets the unique needs of each patient. To learn more about the importance of a multi-phase continuum of care, or to help your loved one enter into a program of addiction recovery, call us today.