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Physical Signs of Addiction

Here are some signs to look for if you believe someone you care about may be abusing opioids.


Physical Signs of Opioid Abuse:

  • Drowsiness
  • Poor coordination
  • Constricted pupils
  • Slowed breathing
  • Intermittent nodding off at inappropriate times
  • Constipation
Behavioral Signs of Opioid Abuse:
  • Social withdrawal
  • Changing sleeping patterns
  • Noticeable elation/euphoria
  • Frequent confusion
  • Extreme mood swings or changes in attitude
  • Heightened secrecy about phone calls or possessions
  • A sudden decline in attendance or performance at school
  • A change of friends from those you know to ones who avoid you
Signs of Withdrawal:
  • Sweating
  • Dry Mouth
  • Itching
  • Anxiety
If you or someone close to you needs help for a substance use disorder, talk to your doctor or call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.