Narcotics are drugs that alleviate pain. They can also induce feelings of euphoria. Morphine, methadone, and codeine are examples of legal narcotics, while heroin, LSD, peyote, and ecstasy are all illegal. Whether legal or illegal, long-term use of these substances can greatly increase one’s risk of developing a narcotic addiction.
What Does a Narcotic Addiction Look Like?
Narcotic addiction signs and symptoms range from subtle to extremely obvious. Characteristics of a narcotic addiction include the following:
- A persistent urge to use the drug
- Inability to control how often one uses the drug
- Inability to control how much of the drug one uses
- Continuing to use the drug despite the fact that it has negative side effects
There are also symptoms that individuals may experience if they have an addiction. They may develop a tolerance to the drug, which means they’ll have to increase the amount of the drug that they use in order to experience the desired effect.
People may also develop withdrawal symptoms. A runny nose, teary eyes, muscle aches, nausea, and fatigue are some of the symptoms that one may experience if they attempt to stop using narcotics.
People who have an addiction often attempt to hide it from their family members and friends. Additionally, an addiction can cause physical symptoms. This includes sleep changes, increased energy, unusual body odor, appetite changes, and slurred speech. Psychological symptoms include euphoria, anxiety, nervousness, outbursts of anger, paranoia and mood swings.
Lesser Known Signs of a Narcotic Addiction
In some cases, the signs of an addiction are obvious. However, because many people are great at hiding their addiction, the signs may be overlooked. Doctor shopping, which is the practice of going from doctor to doctor to obtain a prescription, is a common practice among people who have a drug addiction.
Because many narcotics are illegal, people often go to the extreme to obtain them. They may steal in order to get the drug. They may also get in trouble with the law.
Get the Help That You Need
Any addiction can ruin a person’s life. Fortunately, comprehensive addiction therapy is available at Serenity Lodge. Our quality drug rehab center offers:
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dual diagnosis
- Expressive arts therapy
- Relapse prevention education
You don’t have to let addiction ruin your life for another moment. Call Serenity Lodge today at 866-379-4365.