Addiction is a disease that not only impacts the individual, but the family and friends of the individual. When a loved one is suffering from an addiction, it can be devastating. You may feel angry, scared, resentful and alone. If you are concerned that someone you love is struggling with an addiction to Oxycontin, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of addiction and to know what to look for.
The following are signs someone you love may have a problem with Oxycontin:
- Constricted pupils
Opiates cause the pupils to shrink down. If you notice that your loved one’s pupils look unusually small, it can be a sign that they are currently under the influence of Oxycontin.
- Flu like symptoms
Oxycontin is a highly addictive drug that, after a period of sustained use, can create a physical dependency. If the addict abruptly stops using the drug, he or she will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can include muscle aches, cold chills, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
- Loss of interest in things they once enjoyed
Addiction causes the drug to become the user’s sole focus. They stop spending time with their family and friends and start associating with other drug users. They begin spending more and more time getting and using, and stop paying attention to interests and hobbies that were once important to them.
- Excessive drowsiness
Opiates can create extreme fatigue. If your loved one is sleeping all the time, or “nodding out,” it is cause for concern. If your loved one seems run down and tired all the time, it could be a sign that they have an addiction to Oxycontin.
- Drug Paraphernalia
Oxycontin can be swallowed, snort, smoked or injected. So if you are searching for drug paraphernalia, it may include prescription pill bottles, needles, razors and straws.
If you think your loved one has a problem with Oxycontin, there is hope. There is a Solution is a treatment referral service that helps families get their loved ones into treatment. We work with addicts and their families to determine the best path to take. No family should have to deal with addiction alone. And they don’t have to. We can provide you with important information about various facilities that specialize in treating Oxycontin addiction.
Call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250 to learn more about how our services can help you and your family begin the process of rebuilding your lives.