Opioids: Opioid Use Disorder

Anyone who uses opioids is at risk for an opioid use disorder. Opioid use disorder is a disease that can be treated. Recovery is possible.

Key questions

If the answer to some or all these questions is yes, you might have an opioid use disorder. 

  • Did you ever try to stop or cut down on your opioid usage, but couldn't?
  • Have you ever used an opioid without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
  • Have you ever made mistakes at work or school because you were using an opioid?
  • Does the thought of running out of opioids scare you?
  • Have you ever stolen opioids, or stolen to pay for opioids?
  • Have you ever been arrested or hospitalized because of your opioid use?
  • Have you ever overdosed on opioids? Has using opioids hurt your relationships with other people?

Warning signs of a problem

Physical symptoms

  • Weight loss
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Itchy skin
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches

Psychological symptoms

  • Loss of concentration or interest
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Mood swings or extreme behavior changes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Distorted perception of reality

Behavioral symptoms

  • Withdrawn socially
  • Slowed or slurred speech
  • Diminished coordination
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Stealing from loved ones or other illegal activities

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline

Call 211 or 833-944-4673 or visit addictionhelpwi.org to learn about treatment services and recovery supports in your community. 


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Last Revised: November 25, 2020