The Monster has convinced society to view addiction as a weakness, or moral failure. This is what the Monster wants. To shame those suffering from accidental opioid addiction into isolation, while society watches in silence.
The Monster, that is accidental opioid addiction, lives in the shadows. But with the right information, it can be identified.
The likelihood of developing addiction is influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.3 And people who are predisposed to opioid addiction often don’t know they are until it’s too late. However, some of the known risk factors include:3
- Those with a close relative who suffered from an opioid addiction.
- People who suffer from anxiety or depression.
- Those with a personal or family history of alcohol or drug abuse.
Those under the control of The Monster may try and hide the problem. This can be due to shame, embarrassment, or the tight grip of the Monster. Regardless, if you, or someone you know, experience the following behaviors and emotions, it may be a sign of opioid addiction:10
- Mood swings, depression, anger and irritability
- Marital or relationship problems
- Social isolation, loss of friendships
- Poor performance at school or work resulting in financial problems
- Borrowing or owing money, selling of personal or family possessions
- Arrests for driving under the influence, stealing, drug dealing
Patients suffering from opioid addiction will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking opioids, even for a short time. These symptoms may include:2, 11, 12
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle pain
- Trouble sleeping