Last updated on July 4th, 2019 at 02:09 pm
Are you concerned that a loved one is using Oxycodone?
This worry can be a crippling one. The impact that addiction can have on their lives and yours can be devastating.
Treatment is available for oxycodone abuse. But to help someone find treatment, you have to be sure they’re actually using it. Many people won’t seek help on their own.
Take the time to research Oxycodone symptoms and warning signs. This way, if you start to see a pattern of warning signs, you’ll be able to prevent addiction from getting worse.
Read on to learn more.
Symptoms of Addiction to Oxycodone
To be able to help a loved one with their Oxycodone abuse, you’ll need to be able to identify this problem. Before we get into the details of some specific symptoms, here are a few common ones:
- Habitual absences from work or school
- Dilated pupils
- Stealing money or goods (often, people do this to afford Oxycodone)
- Loss of interest in their favorite activities
- Paranoia or mood swings
Short Attention Span
This is one of the more obvious signs of Oxycodone abuse. If someone you’re speaking to constantly seems to not be able to pay attention, he or she may be addicted to the drug.
Keep in mind that not being able to pay attention during a lecture doesn’t necessarily mean they’re using Oxycodone. It may just be a boring lecture, or they may be too tired to focus.
But combined with other symptoms, there’s a chance that this could be the first warning sign of Oxycodone addiction.
Similar to having a short attention span, bad memory can be a sign of Oxycodone abuse. Some users may even forget important information from the week before.
However, your loved one may simply have a bad attention span. Don’t assume too much if a family member can’t remember recent events.
If someone drops a significant amount of weight quickly, there may be something else at play. If they’re showing other symptoms of Oxycodone abuse, it could be time to consider speaking to them.
If the weight loss is at a normal speed over a period of time, you may not have much to worry about.
Warning Signs a Loved One May Be Using Oxycodone
Now that you know some basic warning signs, you should have a better idea if someone is using Oxycodone. Unfortunately, it’s possible that someone you know or love is abusing it today.
Identifying this issue in a friend or family member is much different than reading about it or hearing stories related to people you’ve never met. The good news is, you already know their behavior and habits, making it easier to figure out if something is wrong.
Let’s see how to determine if someone is using Oxycodone in your home.
Is My Child Using Oxycodone?
That means there’s a chance many kids and young adults have an affinity for the drug. And if they’re not careful, they could get hooked.
Here are some signs that your child may be using Oxycodone:
- They seem angry more often than not
- They ask to borrow money but aren’t clear about how they want to use it
- They lose interest in activities they used to enjoy
- They are secretive about who their friends are
However, these symptoms may indicate other problems too, not necessarily drug abuse. Consult a health professional about these issues before discussing it with your child. Moving in too quickly could harm your relationship.
Is My Parent Using Oxycodone?
Nothing can be more upsetting than seeing a parent fall under the weight of Oxycodone abuse. To help them stop before it gets worse, you’ll need to know the warning signs.
If you’re an adult, it may help to talk to someone who is close to your parent. Whether that’s your parent’s spouse or younger sibling, you’ll be able to get a better perspective on what other people notice.
If you’re still under your parent’s wing, keep in mind that there are some situations that could look worse than they are. A financial pinch isn’t usually due to Oxycodone use.
With that being said, here are some signs a parent may be using Oxycodone:
- They leave their child alone for longer than they should
- They lose an excessive amount of weight without dieting or working out
- They continue to fill their prescription even if the symptoms are gone
- They lose interest in their child’s activities and their own
- Your parent has chronic pain but never felt the need to take pills before (keep in mind that over 70 percent of Oxycodone prescriptions are for chronic pain)
Intervention for Oxycodone Abuse
If you’ve seen multiple warning signs or have proof that someone is abusing Oxycodone, it’s time to do something about it.
Keep in mind that you may not be the best person to intervene. Someone closer to the person may be a better option. Consider speaking to a health professional for advice on this.
When you confront the person, make sure they know you want the best for them. If they respond in a hostile way, stay calm. They may still be in denial.
If they’re ready to take steps toward a better life, ask them to speak to a professional. It may be helpful to undergo addiction treatment.
Remember that each case is different, and you should make sure to get professional advice on the situation.
Learn about Other Oxycodone Symptoms and Warning Signs
This article should have given you a good idea of what to look for in Oxycodone abuse. Remember that one symptom doesn’t guarantee that your loved one is abusing the drug.