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Is my loved one abusing opiates?

Opiate addiction is a serious problem all over the United States. Along with the impact that it has on the user, it can also greatly impact families as they watch their loved one succumb to the effects of addiction. Even when families suspect a problem, it can be hard to pin down opiate addiction, especially during the earliest stages. In this case, the Mayo Clinic offers the following signs to look out for. That way you can rest assured that your family member gets the help he needs as soon as possible. 

First of all, you should be aware of the risk factors that can increase the odds of opiate addiction. People with a history of substance abuse in their families face a higher chance of addiction, as do those who suffer from mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. People with criminal backgrounds are more likely to abuse drugs, especially those who've been convicted of driving under the influence. People under a great deal of stress, those living beneath the poverty line, and those living in environments with heavy drug use are all more likely to face opiate addiction issues. 

In terms of the signs of addiction, a person may become moody, going from happy to sad without explanation. They may also expose themselves to dangerous situations in order to get drugs, including spending time with questionable people. When medication is prescribed legally, an opiate-dependent person will seek out additional prescriptions from other doctors. He or she may also ask to borrow medication or claim to have lost their prescription to get more. 

Your mood and emotions will also be impacted. Constant worry is a component of addiction. Not only will you be concerned about your loved one's health and state of mind, you'll also have worries that your relationship will be impacted negatively. Because it can be so stressful being around a person who's addicted, you may wish to spend more and more time apart. You might also lie about the issues you're experiencing to prevent others from finding out. Addiction must be addressed as soon as possible. Among the myriad of risks people with opiate abuse problems face, there is a siginificant risk of legal issues that can impact a person's life indefinitely. 

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