Are You Worried About the Impact Opioid Injection Addiction May Have on Your Future?

Opioid Injection Addiction

It’s never too late to get things back on track. Reach out to Turn To Help for opioid injection addiction support.

It is estimated that more than 68,000 Australians inject drugs such as heroin each year,1 and opioid-related deaths accounted for 62 per cent of drug-induced deaths in 2016.2 These figures clearly illustrate the impact that opioids have had on Australians. While individuals may try opioids recreationally without the intention of using these substances regularly, the high they provide can lead to an addiction. This can be particularly harmful for young people who lack a clear understanding of the potential impact that an opioid injection addiction can have on their lives. 

If you are worried about the impact opioid injections are having on your social relationships, family life, health, education and career, there are a range of support options and resources available to assist you in your recovery and to help you take back control of your life.

Number of Australians who inject drugs

When Does Recreation Become Addiction?

Have you been relying on injecting opioids to get you through the day? Are you experiencing the side effects of withdrawal when you refrain from injecting opioids? If this sounds familiar, you may be dealing with an opioid injection addiction. Young people may try opioids for the first time, assuming it is just for fun, and it will be a one-time occurrence. They may also be influenced by their social circle, and this may be one factor that leads to consistent opioid use. 

When opioid use becomes more regular, there are some tell-tale signs that indicate recreational use has developed into an addiction. Signs of addiction include being unable to say no when someone offers you opioids, or consistently neglecting work or study responsibilities and healthy relationships to spend time using opioids. Furthermore, opioid injection addiction often sees individuals lose interest in things that they once enjoyed, such as sport or education.

The Impact of Opioid Injection Addiction

Opioid injection addiction can be extremely difficult for not only the addicted individual but also the people around them. If you are dealing with an opioid injection addiction, you may experience a range of side effects that can inhibit your social life and negatively impact your education or work. Long-term side effects include displaying symptoms of anxiety,3  and experiencing mood swings and a tendency to avoid contact with family and friends,4 all of which can contribute to the breakdown of relationships. 

When injecting opioids, you may also experience physical side effects including nausea, drowsiness, and shaky hands.4

If you are unsure whether your opioid injection addiction might impact your future, you may need to ask yourself: Is your opioid injection addiction impacting your performance at school, university, or work? Does your addiction have a negative impact on your relationships with your friends and family? These could be signs that injecting opioids is having a negative impact on your life and may negatively influence your future. It is never too late to reach out for help and support, to take back control of your life, and avoid the impacts of opioid injection addiction.

Help Is Available

An important step in accessing support and help is firstly admitting there is a problem, and this is often hard to do. If you are unsure if you have an addiction, you may wish to utilise the self-assessment tool on the Turn To Help website which provides several helpful questions to help you reflect on your opioid use. For many people, focusing on a goal they would like to achieve assists them in beginning their road to recovery and the journey that lies ahead. Your goal may relate to why you would like to make a change to your opioid injection addiction; be it the impact it is having on your health, your social relationships, or the impact it is having on your education and career. 

While the journey ahead may be daunting, it is important to understand that you are not alone. There are many support systems and resources available to help you. One such resource is seeking assistance from a healthcare professional – you can locate a nearby doctor through the Turn To Help website. By scheduling a confidential appointment, you can receive expert guidance tailored to your specific needs, helping you avoid further risks associated with opioid injection addiction and to protect both your health and your future prospects.

Consult a healthcare professional

Reach Out To Turn To Help Today

Accessing the support and guidance of a doctor for opioid injection addiction minimises the risk of experiencing side effects and helps to stabilise your emotions. By reaching out to these medical professionals, you can start your recovery and work towards improving your personal relationships, health, social life, and education or career.

If you feel that you are struggling with an opioid injection addiction, it is best to consult a doctor and access the support available. Various forms of support and resources are available at Turn To Help for those affected by opioid injection addiction.

References: 1. Larney S, et al. (2017). Estimating the number of people who inject drugs in Australia. BMC Public Health. 17, 757. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4785-7.  2.  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Opioid Harm In Australia: and Comparisons Between Australia and Canada. Available At: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/illicit-use-of-drugs/opioid-harm-in-australia/summary; Accessed 19 July 2023. 3. American Psychiatric Association. Opioid Use Disorder. Available at: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/opioid-use-disorder. Accessed 3 June 2024.  4. New York State. Department Of Health. Opioids: Recognizing the Signs. Available at: https://www.health.ny.gov/community/opioid_epidemic/signs.htm. Accessed 3 June 2024.