Similar to many communities throughout the United States, South Carolina has experienced an increase in opioid-related deaths in recent years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, opioid deaths in the state equaled 835 in 2018, up from 628 in 2016. Additionally, people in the state were prescribed opioids at a higher rate than the national average, with 69.2 prescriptions per every 100 people.
Being addicted to a drug can lead to health problems, damaged relationships, and legal issues that involve lengthy jail time and exorbitant fines. That is why you must be able to recognize the signs of drug addiction, both in yourself and in other people. Here are a few signs that indicate help is needed to prevent addiction issues from becoming worse.
You continue taking a drug, even after health problems have been treated
Opiates are often prescribed after surgeries or to control chronic pain issues. Once the health problem has been successfully treated, the patient is expected to cease taking medication. However, once physical dependency has occurred it can be very difficult to stop taking certain drugs. This is especially true with opiates, which cause withdrawal symptoms like headaches, sweating, stomach issues, and more.
You can not limit your use of the substance
Even if you are aware the drug is disrupting your life, you might find yourself unable to quit. You might set limits for yourself, only to break them time and again. You may even be motivated to commit crimes to access the drug, such as stealing from others.
Your appearance has diminished
Drug addiction has an obvious impact on the user’s appearance. Eyes can appear bloodshot, weight fluctuations often occur, and you might even experience shaking when the effects of the drug have worn off. In many cases, differences in appearance are most noticeable to the loved ones of the person experiencing addiction issues.
Your relationships are breaking down
When loved ones bring up your addiction issues, you will probably deny they exist or accuse friends and family of exaggerating the effects. This can lead to interpersonal problems, especially if you are reliant on loved ones to fund your addiction. You will probably also spend more time with fellow drug addicts, who are less likely to criticize you about your habits.