Opiate and opioid addiction has become a national epidemic. In 2017, the United States Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. Fortunately, awareness and increased focus on treatment has helped lessen the impact of opiate addiction in the United States. However, the fact remains that every day individuals are using opiates for the first time, developing substance use disorders, or losing their lives to opioid addiction. You would be hard pressed to find any American who has not had their lives touched in some way by opiate use.

These are some common behaviors and symptoms of someone struggling with opioid dependence:

  • Pinpointed pupils
  • Slurring or disjointed speech
  • Red marks on arms or other vein injection sites
  • Moving more slowly than usual
  • Mood swings
  • Having trouble staying awake, known as “nodding off”
  • Increased isolation or time spent alone
  • Being unable to explain where money is being spent
  • Selling items to pay for drugs, or stealing


If you or a loved one is struggling with Substance Use Disorder, we can help. Call our Massachusetts drug rehab today to speak to one of our qualified treatment professionals.

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