When you’re deep into an addiction, whether it’s your own or someone else’s, it can be difficult to spot the signs. You may know someone in your life that uses opiates, but you may be unsure about whether or not they’re abusing them. By that same token, if you’re using opiates yourself, for some there can be a fine line between “appropriate use” and “addiction.” If you have questions about or need help with opiates in Los Angeles and the surrounding area, we can help. At Carus Recovery, we’ve helped so many to overcome their opiate problems and live a healthy, joyful sober life.
Signs that Someone May Need Help with Opiates in Los Angeles
The first sign that someone may be abusing opiates is a simple question of time. Are they taking them for a longer period of time or in larger amounts than what is recommended? Remember that, for the most part, opiates are meant to be used briefly. Rarely, and only in some extreme cases, would a reputable doctor prescribe opiates to be used for more than a week. In a large majority of cases, people have typically been prescribed opiates for three days or so. They aren’t meant to be a long term solution. In fact, they’re meant to be just a painkiller to be used until the pain fades and you can get back to your life. If you or someone you care about is using opiates for longer than that, that could be a clear sign of a problem.
Dealing with Cravings
Having a craving that won’t go away is an obvious sign of a problem with opiates. If it’s overwhelming and a person acts on it, then they probably have some kind of issue or problem. Opiates can be expensive among illicit substances. If someone’s spending all of their money on opiates or has moved on from opiates to other kinds of less expensive drugs (such as heroin and the like), then that’s an obvious sign of a problem.
Problems at Work, Problems at Home
We’ve helped so many people over the years who weren’t really aware that they had an addiction to opiates. It can take an outside perspective for them to see that their opiate use is making it impossible for them to do their job or their schoolwork anywhere near the best of their ability. By that same token, abusing opiates can put an incredible strain on interpersonal relationships. Partners, kids, family, friends — all can suffer when a person uses opiates.
Recovery at Carus
Reaching out to someone about an opiate problem, whether for yourself or someone else, is a big first step. We know how difficult it can be. That’s why we do everything we can to make it as easy and simple as possible. All you have to do is to send us a message through our site and we’ll get back to you. Alternately, you could also give us a call at (888) 616-9024.