Opioid Addiction Symptoms

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Symptoms of opioid dependence depend on usage level and duration. The first phase is developing tolerance, which means a higher dose must be taken to obtain the same effect. This can happen whether the treatment is legal and necessary or is the result of illegal abuse. Along with tolerance, a person is said to be dependent on opiates when not taking them results in adverse effects.

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Addiction includes the above symptoms as well as cravings for the drug. Addiction adds a psychological and social element to the mere physical facts of tolerance and dependence. Because of this, addiction is a more serious erosion of normal life – the drug becomes not just an escape, but a main driver of daily routine.

Some opioids known to be habit forming and with a higher risk of addiction are:

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