Do you have a prescription painkiller or other drug abuse problem?
Although prescription medications have different physical effects, the symptoms of their abuse and addiction are similar.
Common signs of drug abuse:
- You’re neglecting your responsibilities at work, school, or home because of your drug use.
- You’re using drugs under dangerous conditions or taking risks while high, such as driving while on drugs.
- Your drug use is getting you into legal trouble such as stealing to support a drug habit.
- Your drug use is causing problems in your relationships, such as arguments with your partner or family members and loss of friends.
Common signs of drug addiction:
- You’ve built up a drug tolerance, meaning you need more of the drug to experience the same effects.
- You take drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms may include jitters, anxiety, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting, and diarrhea.
- You’ve stopped participating in activities you once enjoyed.
- You continue to use drugs even when you realize they could be causing problems.
- Your life revolves around drug use.
Get Help – Finding Treatment Resources and Other Services
Recognizing that you have a drug problem is the first step in getting better. Asking for help is the second step:
SAMSHA Treatment Services Locator
Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit the Treatment Services Locator
Free, completely confidential, and available 24/7/365, this service from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can help you find treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations in your area.
Visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services
Search the state’s comprehensive listing of Minnesota-based community programs and social services for help near you.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is an international network of community-based meetings for those recovering from drug addiction. Modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), NA is a 12-step program with a defined process for overcoming narcotic addiction.
See Treatment Options to learn about common types of treatment available for opioid addiction.