Opioids are one of the world’s oldest addictive
drugs, surpassed only by alcohol in terms of how long humans have used the substances.
Their powerful ability to mitigate pain and to make life seem less stressful comes at
a terrifying price: an addiction that most people can’t stop with their own will. The most challenging aspect in treating addiction
is taking the first step of recognizing that there is a problem. Like many other drugs,
opioids are subtle in the way that they slowly force the body to become physically dependent
upon them. That’s why realizing that you or your loved
one has a problem with addiction is always the first step. Some common signs of opioid
addiction are: Shaking, anxiety or nervousness when opioids are unavailable. A profound irritability
that prevents routine social functions. Problems maintaining a steady relationship or job.
Day-and-night changes in behavior. Depression. A lack of interest in doing anything. For many people, seeking help is even harder
than recognizing that they have a problem with an addiction. It requires them to shine
a light on their problem so that they can begin the long process of getting the help
they need. If you or your loved one is at risk for harm due to opioid use, then it’s
important that you immediately seek help. Seek out a program that will specifically
help you effectively treat your opioid addiction. Detoxification is the next step in treating
opioid addiction. The person who is addicted to opioids must be closely monitored by medical
personnel in a controlled environment while the body’s chemical dependency on opioids
is broken and any remaining opioids are cleaned out of the body. When you or your loved one is finally ready
to begin down the long road of recovering from opioid addiction, then it’s time to
get professional help. Call us today.