Health care practitioners prescribe opiate drugs to provide pain relief. However, whether it’s for recreational or medical reasons, prolonged opiate abuse can cause the body to become accustomed to its effects. To achieve the same response, a person must take higher doses. This can lead to a dangerous and potentially life-threatening addiction. Recovery requires long-term care and treatment. As a result, it’s important that you recognize the signs of an addiction to opiate drugs so that your husband can get the treatment he needs.
Signs of an Opiate Addiction
When it comes to an opiate addiction, everyone’s situation is different. While a few symptoms may not mean that someone is addicted, the occurrence of several symptoms may point to a need for intervention. If your loved one is abusing his prescription medications or taking illicit drugs, look for changes in three key areas.
Someone abusing opiates will undergo physical changes. Your husband may experience frequent minor illnesses, consistently have bloodshot eyes, and exhibit a change in his sleeping pattern. He may also have a change in appetite and experience rapid weight loss.
When your husband doesn’t have access to opiate drugs, he may go through withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms may include:
- Mood swings
Drastic changes in a person’s social habits are a strong indicator of an opiate dependence. Is he spending time with a new group of friends? Does your previously outgoing husband suddenly seem isolated and withdrawn? Is he working odd hours that cause him to miss work or ignore family responsibilities? All of these are major red flags.
Along with social and physical changes, your husband may experience an altered mental state. He may have trouble with his memory, seem lost and confused, or not be able to focus. His performance at work may have dropped off. He may appear burned-out and have a harder time dealing with the small ups and downs of life.
Treatment for Opiate Drugs
While there’s no cure for addictions, a spiritually-oriented, gender-specific program can help him learn ways to stay clean and sober. At Serenity Lodge Lake Arrowhead, we can help your husband change destructive behavior patterns. Along with a caring staff, we offer an amenity-rich environment that makes you feel safe and comfortable. Our amenities include:
- Fitness center
- Professional recording studio
- Movie theater
- 12-person sauna
- Swimming pool
The goal of our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program is more than to just get your husband clean and sober. We to prepare him for a drug-free future.