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How to Tell If You Are an Addict

Posted on :  January 5th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

If you or someone you love abuses opioids, you might not know what to do about it. Without help, addiction can wreak havoc on families and individuals. Once you know what to recognize, you can help yourself or your loved one. You might be afraid that admitting to an addiction might be construed as a weakness, but it in actuality it is extremely courageous. The professionals at can help you fight the addiction and win. Here are a few tips to help you recognize signs of addiction that you might not consider:

  • Using drugs to treat minor discomfort. If you need to use pain pills to help you sleep, you could be headed toward addiction. It is also a sign of potential addiction if you use drugs prescribed for one reason for an unrelated purpose. You should not try to cover your bad feelings with drugs, especially if you are trying to avoid your feelings.
  • Some addictions can actually fed by physicians. If you think that your physician or a family member’s physician is unscrupulous, then it is in your best interest to report that physician to the state medical board. They can investigate if the physician is feeding an addiction or not and take care of the problem.
  • Addicts know how to shop for doctors. If you have never heard of doctor shopping, it is a way for addicts to move from doctor to doctor to get several prescriptions for controlled substances. Doctors now use prescription databases to see if patients are shopping for doctors to get extra meds. If you notice that a loved one is spending more time at doctor’s office appointments than seems normal, then you should ask about doctor shopping.
  • Mental illnesses need to be treated by licensed physicians. All too often, people who are suffering from mental illness self-medicate with any type of drug they can find. The prescriptions that actually treat mental illness are not addictive. If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, it is important to get the right type of treatment.
  • It is not appropriate to share prescription medications. You may not realize that sharing prescription medications is a crime because it happens so often. If those medications are controlled substances, like pain pills, then you could be feeding an addiction. Some people will even sell other people’s controlled substances if they can get their hands on them. Prescription medications can cause allergic reactions or other serious problems, especially if the dosage is too much for the person who is ‘borrowing’ the medication.
  • Another sign of potential addiction is using slang for the names of drugs. If you find that your loved ones are referring to China white, smack, coke, meth, or even cocaine, then it is worth your time to pay attention. Those who are not in the drug scene usually do not know the slang lingo.

You do not have to remain silent. If you are worried that someone in your family is abusing opioids or other controlled medication, then you should make a phone call to our professional counselors and physicians at Towards Recovery for help. If you are worried about whether your suspicion is real, you can keep track of what you see in a journal. With privacy laws, the doctor cannot share information about patients, but you can share information with the physician.

Nonmedical prescription drug use has not changed much over the past few years, but opioids usage has increased. The expert staff at Towards Recovery understands the problems that come with opioid addiction and they are ready to help in any way possible. Our progressive counselling team will guide you through the first steps toward success. Contact us on 519-579-0589 if you have any questions.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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