Are You Or A Loved One Addicted?
Spotting addiction in yourself or a loved one can be tricky. It’s possible that you don’t know what to look for. Substance abuse and addiction can look like each other. You don’t need to hit rock bottom or know exactly how severe your substance abuse problem is to go to rehab.
That said, it is helpful to check in on your drug use habits to determine which treatment option is best. Some common signs of drug addiction are:
- Continuous use beyond intended use of a prescription drug
- Needing more of the substance to get a high
- Feeling strange when the drug is not in your system
- Prioritizing friends who do the drug over friends who don’t
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Frequently stealing money or resources needed to get the drug
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Tremors, increased sweating, bloodshot eyes
If you find that you or a loved one are experiencing most of this list, it is likely that you are addicted. In the case of codeine, it is prescribed as a painkiller and cough suppressant.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that opioid addiction most commonly comes from the abuse of prescription drugs. Being an opiate means that someone abusing codeine can develop a chemical dependency. This would make it harder to stop using it for addiction-prone patients.