Know the risk factors for addiction. Minimize your exposure to opioids. And, if any of these red flags hit home, tell your doctor. Addiction is a disease — and help is available.
Don’t let opioids take over your life
Your family is worried about you.
Those who care about you see changes in your behavior or personality.
You’ve changed the way you take opioids.
To boost their effect, you mix them with over-the-counter meds or alcohol. Or you cut or grind them to inject, smoke or inhale.
You’re preoccupied with your medication.
You stare at the clock until it’s time to take another pill.
You run out of medication early.
You could be taking opioids more often than prescribed. (Or someone else may be taking your medication.)
You’re taking the medications for reasons other than pain.
You use them to help yourself cope or for anxiety, depression or insomnia.
You’re not taking medication as prescribed.
If you’re supposed to take them every six hours, you take them every three hours.
Watch for these 6 signs: