Medication

5 Signs of Opioid Addiction

Erica Sanderson Sep 23rd, 2014 (updated Mar 16th, 2016)
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The use of opioids, a type of prescription painkiller, has increased dramatically in recent years—259 million prescriptions for painkillers were written in 2012 alone. However, opioid use can lead to addiction. Here are some common symptoms of addiction. 

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Anxiety
Anxiety

Anxiety can result from worrying about getting your next pill, withdrawal and having people find out about your drug use. 

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Depression
Depression

Depression often accompanies drug abuse. You may become depressed about how your life has changed, or feel like you can’t get out of bed to face the day. It can spiral into a vicious cycle where depression is treated through drugs, which may ultimately cause more depression. 

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Lack of motivation
Lack of motivation

If you no longer have interest in things you once loved, such as certain hobbies or work, it may be time to speak with your doctor or a drug counselor. Addiction can cause of lack of motivation and lethargy. People battling addiction often try to keep it a secret so they avoid social situations, such as family gatherings. 

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Trouble sleeping
Trouble sleeping

Taking an excessive amount of opioids can lead to sleeping for abnormally long periods of time. On the other hand, you may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep if you’re undergoing withdrawal from opioid use. 

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Physical symptoms
Physical symptoms

When the body rids itself of a chemical or foreign substance, it often leads to unpleasant physical symptoms, such as nausea, fever, chills, aches and sweating. If you experience very severe physical reactions from withdrawal, seek medical assistance immediately.