Am I Addicted to Opioids?
This opiate/opioids addiction assessment is made up of 20 Yes or No questions. Read each question carefully and check the "Yes" box if it applies to you. If your answer to the question is "No", do not check the box.
Am I Addicted to Opioids?
You may be asking yourself, "Am I addicted to opiates?". If you are prescribed opioids, after all, it can be difficult to tell whether or not you are using them responsibly.
While drugs such as Vicodin and Percocet are useful for pain management, they carry a high risk of abuse. In fact, around 25% of everyone who is prescribed opiates misuses them. Even worse, nearly 5% of these folks end up transitioning to heroin after abusing their prescribed drug.
It is important, therefore, to determine whether or not you're addicted to opiates. Our "Am I addicted to Opioids?" is designed to help you identify a potential problem before it worsens.
Here is a list of common opioid drugs. These drugs all carry a high risk of abuse and can lead to addiction.
Some common opioids include:
Upon analyzing your test responses, we identified that you show one or more of the following symptoms of opiate addiction:
Physical dependency: People can become physically dependent on opiates even if the drugs are used responsibly. Misusing them (using too much or for too long) is a surefire way to develop a physical addiction. This means that once you stop using your drug of choice, your body is going to respond negatively. If you have regular cravings for the drug, have increased the amount you use over time or find yourself unable to quit, it is probably because your body is dependent on it.
Health side effects: Our bodies and brains are not meant to take opioids. While these drugs can be useful in helping us to manage pain, they can also have severe health consequences. Opioids slow down the central nervous system, which makes your heart rate drop. This is one reason why overdoses occur: the addict takes enough of a substance to stop their heart entirely. If your health has gotten worse since you began using opiates, it could be that the drugs are taking a toll on your body. We advise that you seek out treatment before you face any more negative side effects.
Lapsed responsibility: Folks who struggle with opiate addiction often act out of character when under the influence of drugs. The drug, after all, becomes the most important thing in the addict's life. Addicts will often mistreat loved ones or act immorally because the drug affects the way their brain works. If you've neglected family, stolen money or done anything illegal in order to use drugs, it is likely that you are in the grips of addiction.
Fortunately, you've identified the problem before it has been able to get too bad. You still have plenty of time to get treatment for your opiate addiction. This is your opportunity to end the problem before you face any more negative consequences.
If you'd like to speak with a member of our staff, please feel free to reach out. We can talk about your quiz results and discuss some treatment options that you may want to consider.
Millions of people in America are currently struggling with an opiate addiction. Like you, most of them started out with a prescription. There is a large community of people who have gotten clean and who want to lend support to recovering addicts like yourself.
Here are a few addiction resources you may want to consider:
Detox: If you've used opiates regularly for a long period of time, you may need to go through detox before you can get clean. Detox is the process in which you flush all of those opiates out of your body. Once you do that, you'll experience fewer cravings and can start going through rehabilitation. The best place to detox is at an addiction treatment center. Treatment centers are staffed with doctors who can supervise the detox process and make sure that your withdrawals are as painless as possible.
Rehab: Many opioid addicts find that rehab programs are the most helpful tool in the recovery process. When you attend rehab, you meet with doctors, counselors and other recovering addicts every. These individuals will offer support and help you work through your addiction.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA): NA is an organization of people who struggle with drug addiction. These meetings are free and open to the public. Many people in NA are or have been addicted to prescription opiates. They gather regularly to help one another get (and stay) clean from drugs.
If you want to discuss the results of your assessment or talk about addiction resources, please call us. A member of our staff will be available to help you get started with recovery.