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If you’re not familiar with opiates, they can be taken in different forms. One form can be prescribed by doctors to treat medical conditions, but it can also be found on the streets in illegal forms. Opiates can range from legal pills like Vicodin and OxyContin to illegal substances like heroin. Regardless of the source and method of intake, the symptoms of opiate addiction are often similar.
What To Look For
- Losing consciousness for periods of time
- Appearance of elatedness or changes in mood
- Breathing slowly
- Pupils that are constricted
- Bottles for pills in the garbage
- Problems with money
If you notice these symptoms and are concerned that your loved one may be abusing opiates, it’s important to assist them in seeking help and treatment from a professional facility. There are clinics available to help the person reduce their withdrawal symptoms, as well as rehabilitation centers that can provide a more comprehensive approach to treatment. The individual may try to rehabilitate themselves and remove the substance from their lives, but it’s important to remember that these are very addictive substances that often need professional treatment.