Understanding Opioid Dependency
A dependence to prescription painkillers and heroin—affects many people in the US. Addiction is powerful and does not discriminate. It affects persons from all walks of life without regard to gender, race, education or social status. Unfortunately, people who struggle with addiction and opioid dependence may be hesitant to seek help because of the "stigma" attached. Addiction is not a moral failure and persons suffering with addiction deserve affordable, quality treatment that allows them to maintain their dignity and self-respect.
BREAK THE CHAIN OF ADDICTION
What is the definition of addiction?
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.