What are the warning signs of opioid addiction?
- If opioid abuse is occuring, a medication may be taken in a higher dose or more frequently than prescribed. The individual may also take someone else’s prescription or seek to use the medicine for its euphoric effect. Attempting to obtain multiple prescriptions from different doctors can be another telltale sign of abuse and addiction.
- Physical symptoms of addiction may include: euphoria, drowsiness, slurred speech, confusion, insomnia, restlessness, loss of consciousness and / or slowed breathing
- Emotional and behavioral symptoms of addiction may include: suddenly shifting moods, social withdrawal, lack of motivation, irritability and / or aggression