Is Your Opioid Injection Addiction Impacting Your Family Life?

Opioid Injection Addiction

Talk to your doctor and visit Turn To Help to find out how you can break the cycle of addiction.

Many consider the battle against substance use, especially an opioid injection addiction, to be a deeply personal journey. However, opioid injections are common in Australia, with the Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (2018-2022) finding that heroin was the second most commonly reported drug to last be injected by respondents in 2022.1

When opioids are used in the manner that they were prescribed, they can be effective in managing pain. However, when opioids are misused and abused, serious health risks and harmful consequences may arise.

How Opioid Injection Addiction Occurs

When opioids are injected, they activate the release of endorphins, a type of hormone that assists in stress reduction and mood enhancement.2 When these feelings fade, one may want to experience those pleasurable feelings again.2

The more a person injects opioids, the more likely they are to develop a tolerance to opioids. Tolerance describes a situation where an individual requires higher doses or more frequent injections to achieve the same feelings of pain relief and pleasure provided in previous opioid injecting episodes. Tolerance can be one of the first signs that indicate that an addiction is developing.

Complications & Side Effects Of Opioid Injection

When an individual develops an opioid injection addiction, they may face a range of psychological side effects. Namely, they may begin to experience symptoms of anxiety and restlessness. 3

Along with these psychological effects, the individual may also experience physical side effects. This can often include muscle and bone aches, hot and cold flushes, and elevated blood pressure and pulse.4

This combination of physical and psychological side effects can be difficult for an individual to manage each day, along with their personal and professional responsibilities. However, it is important to understand that these effects are reversible when an individual seeks help and treatment from a healthcare professional.

How Opioid Injecting Can Impact Your Family

The difficulties that you face may result in a greater dependence on family members and loved ones, creating arguments and contributing to the potential breakdown of relationships. This can be traumatic for your family and may lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as engaging in codependent behaviours.

A study conducted by the Australian Government in 2022 revealed that parental substance misuse is a key risk factor for child abuse and neglect because it makes it difficult for parents to provide a stable environment and tend to their child’s emotional needs.5 Young children may also mimic the behaviour they are exposed to, so early exposure to a home where conflict is common can negatively influence their physical and emotional development. 

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Don’t let your opioid injection addiction take a toll on your family. Reach out to Turn To Help and talk to your doctor to secure the support you need to start your journey to recovery.

Find The Support You Need With Turn To Help

If you are struggling with an opioid injection addiction, specialised support is available. In your recovery, it is important to focus on the concerns of your family and the potential consequences that your opioid use has on them. Speak to your family members when you feel comfortable doing so and let them know that you are open to receiving support to make a change for the better. 

Turn To Help is always available to provide you with support to help you kickstart your recovery. The Turn To Help self-assessment tool can assist you in this process by helping you determine whether you have developed an opioid injection addiction. You can also locate a nearby doctor on the Turn To Help website for your own private consultation.

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Reach Out To Turn To Help

Acquiring support and advice from a doctor for your opioid injection addiction can help you avoid the side effects of opioid injection addiction. This can help you improve your relationships with your family members and friends, and help you keep your career on track. 

If you feel that you are struggling with an opioid injection addiction, you may wish to seek help from a healthcare professional and also access a range of resources available to guide your consultation.

References: 1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs in Australia. Available at https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/alcohol/alcohol-tobacco-other-drugs-australia/contents/priority-populations/people-who-inject-drugs. Accessed 12 February 2024. 2. Mayo Clinic. How opioid use disorder occurs. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/prescription-drug-abuse/in-depth/how-opioid-addiction-occurs/art-20360372. Accessed 24 May 2024. 3. American Psychiatric Association. Opioid Use Disorder. Available at: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/opioid-use-disorder. Accessed 24 May 2024. 4.  NSW Government – NSW Ministry of Health. NSW Clinical Guidelines: Treatment of Opioid Dependence – 2018. 2018. Available at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/aod/Publications/nsw-clinical-guidelines-opioid.pdf Accessed 8 November 2023. 5. AIHW. National framework for protecting Australia’s children indicators. Available at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/child-protection/nfpac/contents/national-framework-indicators/3-1-parental-substance-use-drugs. Accessed 27 July 2023.