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Early Signs of Opiate Addiction

The abuse of opiate illegal drugs (as well as prescription opioids) has expanded greatly. The men who find themselves addicted to these dangerous chemicals never believed it would become such an issue for them. However, the abuse of opiates is not without consequences. In fact, these types of drugs can kill in overdose. Windward Way’s highly acclaimed addiction treatment program regularly provides for assistance for men 18 to 45 trying to quit using opiates for good.

Some of the early signs of opiate addiction include:

  • Pupils become very small in each of a person’s eyes. (It’s the opposite for drugs like cocaine, where the pupils can become large or dilated.)
  • An itchy skin. Nearly all opiates cause the skin to itch.
  • Needle marks on the skin if the person is injecting.
  • The person often seems sleepy, or paradoxically “wired” and energetic.
  • The drug abuser is always short of money, and begs, borrows, or steals to sustain his habit.
  • Damaged work or family relationships.
  • Frequent use of laxatives. Opiate use causes constipation and slows the bowel.

Complications and Side Effects of Opiate Addiction

Opiates like heroin, opium, and prescription painkillers are all dangerous to abuse. Since many of them are illegal drugs, an abuser often doesn’t know the dose, source, or if even it’s even an opioid-based chemical they are smoking, snorting or injecting. Just as frequently, drug dealers often “cut” the drug with who-knows-what to increase their profit margin.

Because opiates go directly to the receptors in the brain that influence comfort and reward, people who have been using this drug find it extremely hard to quit. Withdrawal from opiate use can also become quite uncomfortable—insomnia, profuse sweating, pain, intense anxiety, a feeling for the need to vomit, and drug craving are very common.

Windward Way’s clinically supervised opiate detox center and drug rehab can give you precisely the assistance you need to get off opiates. We’re standing by right now, in fact. Just call (844) 252-5930.