Classic Signs of Heroin or Opiate Addiction Symptoms

Classic Signs of Heroin or Opiate Addiction Symptoms


What are some opiate addiction symptoms to watch out for?  Well it sort of depends on if you are trying to diagnose yourself or if you are trying to diagnose someone else.

If you are trying to diagnose yourself with opiate addiction:

1) The biggest indicator is if you are running out of medication early. This is a big warning sign that you might be becoming dependent on them meds.  If you keep taking them and taking them and yet you have to take more and more and they are not really helping with the pain, then this could be a sign that you are developing tolerance.  This can lead to dependence or possibly full blown addiction at some point, though it is not certain that building tolerance will make you into an addict automatically.  If you find yourself in this situation, you might start by taking to your doctor, and letting him know that you think you might be developing tolerance to the drugs he is prescribing you.

2) If you are using illegal opiates, such as heroin, then that is a pretty strong indicator of addiction right there.

3) If  you are obtaining opiates illegally, such as buying prescription medication off the street, then that is another warning sign.

Heroin and Syringe
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Now what if you are trying to diagnose someone else?  Here are some things to watch for:

1) Physical symptoms, such as fatigue, nodding off, lacking motivation, and so on.

2) Being med seeking or hiding medications, stashing pills, or buying them from people on the street.

3) Going to multiple doctors in order to get medications, playing up illnesses and injuries to be more than they really are.

4) The usual signs of drug addiction, such as missing school, missing work, changing friends, keeping different hours, change in eating habits, and so on.

If you are trying to figure out if someone is abusing opiates, then you might confront them directly and talk to them about it.  If you do choose to go this route, then you might want to do so in a way that is not very confrontational in nature.  It is difficult to do this and still get the person to talk about their problem.  If you accuse them outright then you might get hostility and resentment in return.  If you can talk to them in a way that allows them to “uncover” the problem for themselves, then you might be able to move them closer to taking action.