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You are Not Alone

Reaching out for help is one of the hardest, yet most courageous things we can do. Recognizing signs of prescription abuse, telling a trusted adult or friend about any concerns, and accepting or offering help are big steps we all can take to flip the script on prescription abuse. Below you will find some common signs, treatments, and local resources for prescription misuse in Maricopa County.

It can be difficult to know when substance use and opioid misuse occurs in ourselves or someone we know.

The following list shows some signs that an opioid abuse issue may be present in yourself or a loved one*:

  • changing friends often
  • spending more time alone
  • losing interest in things that used to be enjoyable
  • not taking care of yourself (e.g. less concern for personal hygiene)
  • being very tired or sad
  • agitation and irritability
  • a significant change in sleep patterns
  • missing important appointments
  • having problems at work or at school
  • having problems in personal or family relationships
  • appearing to have unusually high or low (sedated) energy levels

Warning signs of misuse can also include**:

  • taking more than is prescribed
  • seeking prescriptions from multiple doctors
  • frequently reporting losing prescriptions requesting early refills
  • forging, stealing, or selling their prescriptions

Learn more about opioids and signs of abuse here.

Do any of these signs seem familiar to you or someone you know? Often, those struggling with substance abuse want help, but are not sure how or where to get it. Here are some strategies for talking with someone that may be struggling with addiction, and how to support them in getting treatment.

If you or someone you know is struggling with prescription abuse, misuse, or addiction, there is help. Some of the common, evidence-based and peer support options are:

  • Detox
  • Inpatient
  • Sober Living houses
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Individual therapy
  • Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT)
  • Community Support meetings – e.g. 12 step programs like AA, NA, and PA, along with other support groups like SMART Recovery and Refuge Recovery
  • Harm reduction approaches e.g. education, syringe access programs 

Local Treatment, Prevention, & Harm Reduction Resources: