Skip to main content

This is the #1 Sign You Have an Opioid Addiction Problem

The current opioid epidemic is often dated to the late 1990s, when Oxycontin came to market and there was a push to more aggressively treat chronic non cancer pain. While true in some respects, the bigger reality is that this is the nation's third major opioid epidemic dating back to the late 1880s. One implication is that our current understanding of addiction and the legal and justice frameworks reflect thinking as far back as 100+ years. The ripple effects have impacted everything from housing law to welfare benefits to the healthcare system and insurance design to internet regulation. As a result, the current opioid crisis is a way to understand how our communities are responding to the struggle of economic change, a siloed and under-resourced healthcare system, and stresses from COVID disruptions and isolation. Opioid addiction is not a new phenomenon but we are in the middle of a very 21st-century epidemic. Read on to find out signs you have an opioid addiction problem—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


You Focus on Using Opioids

A singular focus on funding, obtaining, using, and recovering from using opioids suggests that opioids have displaced most other priorities in daily life. Often this coincides with anger from friends and family, increasing isolation from prior social networks, and an inability to keep up with other responsibilities.


Worsening Financial Problems And Relationships

Woiman sitting at the table worrying about the money.

You may experience escalating use despite worsening problems in life. The crux of addiction is losing control over one's use of a given substance. In the case of opioids, this often looks like daily (or near-daily) use amid worsening financial problems, intrusions on daily activities, and dysfunctional relationships.


You Don't Get "High" Anymore

stressed woman

You don't enjoy using anymore. The drug use has become compulsive just to not feel sick and uncomfortable. So opioids help stop the suffering but there isn't necessarily a "high" anymore. This is called negative reinforcement: when the drug use helps remove the distressing physical or psychological problems from withdrawal. Negative reinforcement is an incredibly powerful force to keep using despite all of the problems and chaos.


You Experience Increased Amount of Infections and Injuries

Female physiotherapist giving leg massage to active senior woman in sports center

While opioid molecules themselves may be non-toxic, individuals using opioids, especially those from the black market, can experience infections, injuries, and life-threatening complications from using in unsafe methods or when combining with other substances- whether intentional or not. Injecting drugs is incredibly dangerous. Drug injection was a major driver of the AIDS epidemic in the 1970s and 1980s and now contributes to elevated rates of hepatitis C among drug injectors. Additionally, the black market and online drug supply is often mislabeled and adulterated with myriad other contaminants and physiologically active compounds that can cause harm or interfere with prescribed medications for physical and psychiatric conditions.


You Are Starting Buying Drugs From the Street

Male drug addict with at rave party, nightclub

Over time as someone's tolerance increases, they often look for stronger and cheaper versions of the drug. This has led to skyrocketing rates of heroin and fentanyl use from the street (and online vendors) as opioid users had more difficulty finding affordable pills from prescribers and pharmacies.


What You Should Do If You Notice These Signs

depressed woman talking to lady psychologist during session, mental health

Talk to people you trust: family, friends, religious leaders, etc. Tell them you need help getting connected to treatment. And find a provider or treatment program well versed in using the FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder: buprenorphine, methadone, or extended-release naltrexone. These medications are the gold standard for evidence based care and without the use of medications the great majority of patients relapse and are at elevated risk of death.


Last Word From Doctor

doctor and patient having a somber conversation

Evidence based treatment is transformative and lifesaving. The longer patients stay in care, the better they do. Every day on medication (compared to skipping or quitting medication) reduces the risk of overdose death by 70-80%. It is incredibly protective, but only while someone keeps taking it. And to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Dr. Williams is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Division on Substance Use Disorders and Medical Director, Ophelia Health.

Popular posts from this blog

lose weight No-exercise No-diet – super fast weight loss drink

To day in this post i will share with you A MAGICAL SLIMMING DRINK TO BURN FAT FAST .This Natural Drink to help SUPER FAST WEIGHT LOSS & also help to NO-EXERCISE NO-DIET WEIGHT LOSS FAST.

When Should I Take Creatine?

Creatine is probably the most well-researched supplement on the market today. Numerous studies have found positive adaptations in strength, power and muscle mass thanks to creatine supplementation—especially when it's combined with resistance training. Although the benefits of creatine are well-known to lifters, the best time to take it isn't common knowledge. Which leads us to some important questions:     Does an optimal time for consuming creatine exist?     If it does, should you take it before or after your workout? According to a new study published in the Journal of Exercise and Nutrition, the timing of creatine ingestion does indeed play a role in getting bigger and stronger. Creatine supplementation before resistance training increases muscular strength and lean muscle mass. Interestingly, taking creatine immediately after lifting weights results in greater muscle growth than taking it immediately before. However, in terms of strength gains, no difference betw

Best Smoothie Habits for Weight Loss, According to Dietitians

When it comes to trying to lose weight , most of us are rather poor math students. We mess up the addition and subtraction all the time. We'll try to subtract calories by skipping meals only to become ravenous later on and undercalculate how much food we've eaten to satisfy that gnawing hunger . That's where smoothies can shine as effective weight-loss tools. Research has found that meal replacement shakes, such as protein and fruit/vegetable smoothies, can help people reduce overall daily calorie consumption if used regularly in place of calorie-dense meals and snacks. Getting into the smoothie habit works for weight loss if you follow the right approach. We asked dietitians for the best strategies for getting the most benefit from your smoothie habit . After you read through these tips, try out our recipes for the 25 Best-Ever Weight Loss Smoothies . 1 Make weight loss your 'why' Don't assume a new smoothie recipe is right for you simply because i