The Warning Signs of Opioid Addiction: Catch It Before It Goes Too Far!

Unfortunately, opioid addiction has become a major problem in our nation today. This addiction is a terrible disease that can have a strong grip on its unsuspecting victims, often changing a family member or friend into someone you no longer recognize. As sad as it may sound, there is a good chance that someone in your life is struggling with this addiction, either currently, or will be in the future. We here at Cognitive Psychiatry want to help you recognize these warning signs of opioid addiction so you can either get the help you need before it goes too far or you might have a chance to make a positive difference in another’s life!


You may think that the best way to find out if someone is abusing opioids is to simply ask them directly. This is the way we usually find out answers in our day-to-day lives and it’s pretty effective, right? Well, the problem is that once the addiction takes hold of an individual, the user is basically held hostage by the drug. The majority of that person’s day is spent in a repeating cycle of seeking out and using the drug. The most important goal becomes coming up with ways to obtain more so that the user can feel “normal” and avoid very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. With this strong of a hold, it’s no wonder that the user will lie, cheat, steal, and manipulate so they can continue to be fueled by opioids. A once honest and very forthcoming family member may thus begin to lie and cover up their opioid addiction so that they can continue to use. However, there are specific warning signs that you can look for.


Although each person struggling with opioid addiction has their own personal and unique story that brought them to the abuse of opioids, the course that the addiction takes has many similarities from person-to-person. Here are some common warning signs of opioid addiction to help us identify the disease, then guide us in helping a loved one get help sooner rather than later:

Opioid addiction can have devastating effects for both the patient and their loved ones. Luckily, there is professional help available! Please do not hesitate to contact us at Cognitive Psychiatry if you believe someone you know and love may be using opioids. We are here to help you guide your loved one back to a healthy, drug-free existence.

Warm Wishes,

Dr. Matt Bader, Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill

Dr. Matt Bader Specializing in addiction psychiatry in adults, Matt Bader, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist providing care at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The New Jersey native has made the Tar Heel State his permanent home. After completing his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Dr. Bader went on to earn his doctor of medicine degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Bader completed his psychiatry residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He received subspecialty training in addiction psychiatry as a fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Taking a holistic approach to addiction psychiatry, Dr. Bader works to treat mood-related conditions, like anxiety and depression in addition to addiction issues. This approach allows Dr. Brader to treat the whole person and not just the addiction. Dr. Bader strives to provide each patient with the comprehensive

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