IS A CHRONIC DISEASE
Opioid addiction is a disease that involves compulsive drug-seeking, even when there may be negative consequences. It's not a moral weakness. It's a chronic disease in which people develop a pattern of using opioids that can lead to clinically significant impairment or distress. Some of the most commonly abused opioids include hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, and heroin.
Opioid addiction is sometimes known as Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).
OUD can vary in severity.
THE EFFECT OF OPIOID
ADDICTION ON THE BRAIN
Regions of the brain that control reward, decision-making, impulse control, learning, and other functions may be affected in people with opioid addiction. Because of the effects of opioids on the brain over time for some people with opioid addiction, choosing whether to take opioids may be out of a person's control.
DID YOU KNOW?
Developmental, environmental, social, and genetic factors can play a role in determining whether or not someone develops opioid addiction.
The Opioid Epidemic
There is an opioid epidemic in the United States.
If you're worried you might have a problem, you're not alone.
Based on survey results, in 2016 an estimated:
*Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2017). Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. People surveyed were age 12 and older.
It is not known if SUBLOCADE is safe or effective in children. Buprenorphine can cause severe, possibly fatal, respiratory depression in children who are accidentally exposed to it.
DID YOU KNOW?
Opioid addiction can vary in severity.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE OPIOID ADDICTION?
A variety of symptoms are associated with opioid addiction. Symptoms of opioid addiction may include a strong desire for opioids, an inability to control or reduce use, continued use despite interference with major obligations or social functioning, use of larger amounts over time, development of tolerance, spending a great deal of time obtaining and using opioids, and withdrawal symptoms that occur after stopping or reducing use, such as negative mood, nausea or vomiting, muscle aches, diarrhea, fever, and insomnia.
If you think you have a problem, the only person who can diagnose you is a healthcare provider. There are healthcare providers and treatment options that may be able to help.
CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CONDITION?
While opioid addiction has no cure, there's treatment that can help. One type of treatment involves medication and counseling. This approach may help manage various aspects of the condition.
Talk to a healthcare provider—you can use this SUBLOCADE Treatment Discussion Guide to help prepare for questions your healthcare provider may ask and to take notes at your appointment.
If you need help finding a treatment provider, you can use our Find a Treatment Provider Locator or you can visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.
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