Often-Missed Signs Of Opioid Addiction In Loved Ones

In order to successfully battle addiction, most people have to be encouraged — often by their loved ones — to seek treatment. The problem is, many loved ones may not always recognize there is a problem until it has been going on for a while. Opioid addiction becomes harder and harder to break away from the longer it goes on. So, it's a good idea to review these often-missed signs of opioid addiction so that you're more likely to notice early on if any of your loved ones do develop a problem.

1. Sudden weight loss.

Especially if your loved one was previously overweight, you may initially view their sudden weight loss as a good thing. But if you were not aware that they were attempting to lose weight, and if the pounds seemed to disappear overnight, there's a chance opioid addiction is at play. Opioids can speed up the metabolism, so even if your loved one's diet does not change, they may be losing weight from opioid addiction.

2. Decreased work performance.

There are many reasons why a person's performance at work may decrease. Opioid addiction is one of them. If your loved one has been complaining that they're being written up or that they're struggling to meet deadlines, it may be worth paying closer attention and seeing if you notice any other signs that opiates are at play.

3. Lost sex drive.

Opioids interfere with the production of estrogen and testosterone. If this loved one is your sexual partner, you may notice that they have become less interested in sex, or that they have trouble reaching climax.

4. Abandonment of exercise.

People who were previously very active and interested in exercise can lose their interest in exercise as they become addicted to opioids. This may be because they no longer get the endorphin rush they used to get from physical activity. They may also start to feel as though chasing their goals is pointless. 

5. Isolation.

Another often-missed sign of opioid addiction is the loss of friendships and a sudden increase in isolation. Someone who used to look forward to seeing their friends may suddenly start breaking plans. They may make excuses not to participate in certain activities. You may notice they don't seem to do much other than spend time alone

If you suspect your loved one may be addicted to opiates, approach them calmly and quietly to express your concerns. Remember to be understanding and open. Addiction is a disease, and your loved one will need your support and the support of others around them in order to recover. Contact an opioid addiction treatment facility for more information.