No one chooses to become addicted. As they use a drug, they can become addicted. For many, this is how they became addicted to opiates. Perhaps they had some kind of injury or surgery, and a medical professional prescribed them opiates, and through using them, they then became addicted. While that’s not the only way that someone becomes addicted to opiates, it’s more common than most people realize. There are some signs that you want to look for is you suspect someone is in need of help with opiates in Los Angeles.
Being Careful with the Prescription
Doctors are often careful with how they prescribe opiates. Now more than in the past, there’s information about how addictive and potentially dangerous these drugs can be. So, doctors are usually precise about how they want someone to take the drug, in terms of length of usage, dosage, and more. So, if you or someone you love has begun taking opiates in a different way, then they may need help. One more thing to consider: if someone takes it for how it makes them feel, and not when they’re in pain. “I’ll take them to head the pain off” or “so I don’t have to worry” aren’t good reasons to keep taking opiates. For too many, they can be the beginning of the addiction.
They Go to Great Lengths to Get Opiates
Opiates can be acquired from drug dealers and similar people, but those aren’t the only way that addicts may go about trying to get opiates. Before that step, addicts who need help may try to get the same prescription from several doctors in addition to the first one that prescribed the drugs. They might try to rationalize this by saying stuff like: “well, this way I have backup” or something similar. Another way they could do this: lie. Perhaps they pretend to lose the medication, so that they have to get more, or they even get opiates from other people who had prescriptions for them.
Rapid Changes in Behavior
Mood swings can happen to anybody. People could have their sleep schedule change and ultimately worsen. Anyone can have a run of poor decision making, where their decisions lead to actual danger for themselves or others. While each of those can happen to anyone, if they all coincide with someone using opiates, then something could be wrong. Instead of looking at the behaviors individually, seeing them as a sum of a whole could provide a clearer picture.
Help with Opiates in Los Angeles is Possible
Carus Recovery can help people who are addicted to opiates or other drugs. If you’ve seen the signs we’ve listed above, it could be worth it to reach out to us. We know how difficult it can be to talk to someone you love, or to get the help that you might need. Reaching out to us may not be easy, but we’re always here to help. You can message us through our site or call (888) 616-9065.