Do I Have Opioid Use Disorder?*

Some signs of Opioid Use Disorder

Sometimes when people try to stop using opioids, they experience withdrawal symptoms that make quitting difficult. This is a sign that their body may have become physically dependent on the drug.1

Opioid addiction signs

Opioid Use Disorder can also influence choices people make. Its effects can impact every aspect of someone’s life and those around them. Doctors look for the following behaviours to diagnose someone with Opioid Use Disorder.1

  • Take opioids in larger amounts or for longer than what was intended
  • Experience a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control opioid use
  • Spend a great deal of time doing things to obtain the opioid, use the opioid, or recover from its effects
  • Crave, or have a strong desire or urge to use opioids
  • Continue to use opioids even though it results in not fulfilling obligations at work, school or home
  • Continue to use opioids even though it is causing social or interpersonal problems (or making them worse)
  • Give up or reduce important social, occupational or recreational activities due to opioid use
  • Use opioids in physically dangerous situations
  • Continue to use opioids despite knowing it likely caused a physical or psychological problem or made it worse



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