Recognizing Opiate Addiction: Signs, Symptoms and Withdrawal

 In Symptoms, Withdrawal

You suspect something is wrong. A loved one is often tired, drowsy and occasionally nauseous. Anxiety and depression begin to infiltrate every aspect of life and antisocial behaviors become more prominent. The individual exhibits defensiveness when asked about whether or not he or she is using, but you have a gut feeling.

About 2.1 million people in the United States said they abused painkillers for non-medical reasons in 2012. An estimated 467 thousand were addicted to heroin in that same year, and these numbers are continuing to rise. Statistics are empty, hollow things, until the suffering is experienced first hand, though.

The tragedy of opiate addiction is compounded upon when those already struggling with quitting begin to suffer the symptoms of withdrawal. The pain is almost unbearable and can include abdominal cramping, blurry vision, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, sweating, muscle aches and more.

Whether you or a loved one is suffering from opiate addiction, it is imperative to recognize warning signs of the disease as soon as possible.


Opioids, or derivatives of opiates, include oxycodone, vicodin, hydromorphone and hydrocodone. These are available in several forms, including pills, tablets and liquids. Opiates can be crushed and snorted, smoked, swallowed or injected.



  • Noticeable elation/euphoria
  • Marked sedation/drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Constricted pupils
  • Slowed breathing
  • Intermittent nodding off, or loss of consciousness
  • Constipation


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dependence
  • Brain damage
  • Paranoia
  • Reduced spatial memory capacity
  • Cognitive impairment

Rehabilitation often becomes a cyclical pattern of oppression in which an addict becomes unable to break free. Treatment options don’t promise a cure and many are reliant on unsophisticated technologies and methodologies. Opiate Treatment Centers of America (OTCOA) is different.

OTCOA’s custom approach to treatment recognizes and addresses all types of opioid addiction including satiating, compulsory and chronic. Our DNA-specific diagnostic tool evaluates the specific way in which your body metabolizes drugs, thus removing the guesswork from prescribing medication that will work best to cure your addition.

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