Red Flags for Opioid Addiction

Red Flags for Opioid Addiction

In our current opioid crisis it’s important for physicians and those who are dealing with pain management and injury rehabilitation to be wholly transparent in the prescribing and use of drugs and, particularly, opioids.

Since knowledge is power, we thought it would be beneficial to go over some telltale signs of opioid addiction as a way to raise awareness and avoid the spreading of opioid addiction.

1.) You’re Using More Than Prescribed

If you find yourself using more than your doctor prescribed — both from a temporal sense and an individual dosage sense — then you might have an opioid addiction.

2.) You’re Getting Opioids from Outside Sources

If you’re getting connected to opioids from outside sources from your physician, then you very well might be experiencing an opioid addiction. Contact help immediately.

3.) You’ve Been Unsuccessful in Previous Attempts to Stop Opioid Use

If you’ve tried to control or curb your opioid use and have failed, then it’s time to consider whether or not you have an opioid problem. You have to be honest with yourself about this.

4.) You’re Spending Time Obtaining, Using, and Recovering from Your Opioid Use

If your opioid use is starting to seem like your full time job, it’s time to contact your physician and family members to take measures toward opioid addiction recovery.

5.) Your Opioid Use is Causing You Problems Socially

If your friends and family are avoiding you or you’re creating situations where people are becoming uncomfortable around you due to your opioid use, then it’s time to consider getting help. Your friends and family will thank you for it.

Again, one must be honest with themselves and genuinely desire to get better if in the throes of an opiate addiction. Dr. Ryan Shephard continues to offer insights and advice regarding pain management as a way to reduce the effects of our current opioid crisis.


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