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Opiate Addiction Symptoms

For those who are addicted to opiates such as heroin, methadone, morphine, or Oxycontin, the symptoms of addiction may be quite easy to spot or in some cases, there may be very few recognizable symptoms at all.  Most of the time, opiate addiction symptoms include many physical appearance changes and attitude changes that are relatively easy to spot by a friend or loved one of the addict, but if you aren’t close to the addict or don’t know them quite well, these symptoms may prove to be rather unnoticeable to the average individual.

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Signs of Opiate Addiction

The symptoms of opiate addiction can start to appear even before the addict is actually suffering from a dependence on the drug.  As the addiction spirals out of control, the individual may exhibit the following opiate addiction symptoms:

  • Tolerance which is taking more of a dose in order to produce the desired effect
  • Focusing time on finding, using and being able to find more opiates
  • Avoiding friends or family members or certain activities based on the ability to use (or not use) opiates
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Poor personal appearance, lack of taking care of one’s self
  • Weight loss
  • Social withdrawal

Opiate Addiction Symptoms with Prolonged Use

As time progresses and the addiction also progresses the patient may show additional signs or symptoms of opiate addiction.  Many of the physical symptoms of opiate addiction become more prevalent as the addiction takes course and could even be deadly or dangerous to the addict.  The following symptoms of opiate addiction are expected with prolonged opiate use:

  • Overdose
  • Flu-like symptoms when not using opiates
  • Cold-like symptoms when not using opiates
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased use of laxatives to counteract the effects of the opiates on the bowels
  • Liver disease
  • Collapsed veins
  • Cravings for the drug
  • Pneumonia