Addiction Symptoms to Watch for When Taking Prescription Opioids

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

As we have discussed in many previous posts, the United States is having a particularly rough time lately with cases of opioid addiction. And here in South Florida is one of the hardest hit areas in the country. And if you have been prescribed an opioid as a painkiller, there is even a chance that you, too, are addicted to the narcotic, whether or not you realize it.

One of the biggest tells that you might be able to catch from yourself is that you will justify your opioid use to yourself, even when no one else is around. Still, opioid addiction and abuse have far more signs and symptoms than just the addiction itself.


Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

If you have been prescribed opioids for longer than a couple weeks, you are already in danger of becoming addicted. Because of that, stay aware of your physical and cognitive states and pay close attention to detect any of the following symptoms of opioid addiction:

  • Diminished motivation
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Irrational or uncharacteristic behavior
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Lack of coordination
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Tiredness
  • Constipation
  • Slurring speech


Common Opioids People are Addicted To

There are many opioid drugs available through prescriptions and that can be found through various black market channels if they think the prescription is either not enough anymore or if it has run its course. Some of the more common opioids that you or a loved one might be addicted to include the following:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Opium
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Paregoric
  • Sufentanil
  • Tramadol


Getting Treatment

While the news and media might make  you feel like another statistic when it comes to the opioid epidemic, we know you are far more important than that and you deserve to get the best care for opioid addiction in South Florida.  Contact us today to discuss your options and set an appointment to get started on ending your opioid abuse.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.