Signs Your Loved One is Addicted to OpioidsSome of the red flags to watch out for include:
- Your loved one starts taking painkillers in a way that wasn’t prescribed—for example, taking more pills than the doctor ordered, or continuing to take painkillers after being told they could stop.
- Your loved one starts taking painkillers even when not in pain—“just in case.”
- Your loved one “loses” prescriptions regularly and has to ask for new ones to be written.
- Your loved one asks to “borrow” medications from you or anyone else.
- You notice major swings in your loved one’s mood, or disruptions to their normal sleep pattern.
- You find that your loved one has been amassing a “backup” supply of painkillers.