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What Are the Signs of Opioid Addiction?

A young woman displaying opioid addiction signs

Opioid addiction is a dangerous behavioral condition that affects young adults as well as teenagers, impacting their mental health and even putting their lives in danger. If your child displays signs of opioid addiction, we offer opioid treatment services at Kiwi Recovery. Contact us today at 617.751.6610 to learn more about the options we offer.

Signs of Opioid Addiction: Physical, Psychosocial, Cognitive, and Behavioral Signs and Symptoms

Opioids are drugs, both narcotics and illegal substances, that affect the brain’s pain centers. Opioids are excellent at relieving pain, but one of the reasons they’re so addictive is that they trigger the release of huge amounts of endorphins—also known as feel-good hormones. This leads to a sense of euphoria the brain will want to repeat.

The most common physical opioid addiction symptoms are:

  • Deterioration of personal hygiene
  • Slow reflexes
  • Constipation
  • Poor motor skills

Psychosocial opioid addiction symptoms can include:

  • Irritability
  • Fluctuating moods
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability

Cognitive opioid addiction signs can be paranoia, learning difficulties, trouble making decisions, and much more.

Perhaps the most obvious signs that your child may have an opioid addiction are the behavioral changes that you may notice. These can include:

  • Lying about their whereabouts
  • Lying about substance use
  • Isolating from friends and family
  • Stealing medications or prescriptions
  • Being absent from school

You may also notice a decline in their school performance and a withdrawal from friends. They may no longer engage in activities they were fond of and, instead, spend a huge amount of time worrying about how they’re going to get their next fix of the drug.

Because opioid addiction is very dangerous, potentially leading to an overdose risk, it’s essential to get your child help as soon as you notice opioid addiction signs.

Treatment of Opioid Addiction: Programs Offering Every Level of Care

At our center, we offer treatment programs for opioid addiction for teens and young adults. From day treatment to aftercare programs, we can help your child find their path back to sobriety.

Full-Day Treatment: Treatment Immersion

If your child requires an intensive level of care but a hospital stay is not an option, you may think they can’t get the level of care they need. That’s not the case. Our full-day treatment services can help. Our program allows your child to spend hours at our center every day while being able to return home each afternoon.

Full-day treatment allows your child to participate in individual and group therapy sessions, with professionals helping them understand the underlying cause of the addiction.

Intensive-Outpatient Treatment: Learning Independence

After completing full-day treatment, the next step is our IOP. This program allows your child to spend a number of hours in therapy each week while learning how to manage their emotions. It offers more independence, helping them relearn to trust themselves as they navigate everyday life.

Aftercare Program: Making the Transition to Sober Living

Our aftercare program helps your child transition out of addiction treatment and back into their everyday life while still having support when they need it. We concentrate on relapse prevention and staying focused on recovery.

If sober living is a concern, we can also help young adults find living facilities that’ll provide the continued support they need.

Finding Sobriety with Opioid Treatment Services at Kiwi Recovery

Opioid addiction is a dangerous condition that’s difficult to get past without the help of professionals. At our center, we provide the guidance teens and young adults need to break free from substance use disorders and manage any mental health concerns that might have led to the development of the problem.

We’re here to help, providing the right behavioral therapies and an environment conducive to attaining sobriety. Contact Kiwi Recovery today by calling us at 617.751.6610.