That’s a hard question. And it takes courage to ask it. So, you’re already stronger than you think. You want to know the truth. You’re in the right place. We are here to help you learn more.

Before you start, know this: opioid addiction isn’t a character flaw or lack of willpower. It’s a recurring brain disease. Millions of people are struggling. There’s help for them, and for you.

Signs and symptoms of substance dependence

  • Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to any of these questions, it might be time to talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Do I need to take more and more opioids to get the same effect?
  • Have I experienced withdrawal symptoms — such as muscle cramps, anxiety or diarrhea — after the effects of substances wear off?
  • Have I continued to take substances to avoid withdrawal symptoms?
  • Do I spend a lot of time thinking about where to get drugs, opioids or alcohol?
  • Has using caused me to miss out on activities like work, time with friends or family obligations?

If it’s time to talk to a healthcare professional, make the call. Recovery can start when you do. The path isn’t easy,
but with the right treatment, hard work and support, there is hope in ending dependency. Y

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