Opioids are a drug class naturally found in the opium poppy plant. Opioids can be prescription medications or street drugs. As a prescription, you may know opioids as OxyContin, Oxycodone, Codeine, Tramadol, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Fentanyl, or Morphine. On the street, you may know opioids as Heroin, smack, black, tar, or white. Physicians may prescribe opioids to treat pain. Opioids work by blocking pain signals between the brain and the body. Opioids can make people feel relaxed, happy, or "high" and they can be addictive.
Sometimes, physicians prescribe opioids to treat pain, but the misuse of the prescription can lead to dependency. Of course, recreational street drug use also may lead to dependency. When this happens, it is called Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). OUD is a medical condition and occurs when people are unable to conduct daily life without the use of opioids. OUD can make your brain and body believe the drug is necessary for survival. Dependence can interfere with daily life including work, relationships, and healthy behaviors. Common signs of Opioid Addiction may include:
Opioid withdrawal symptoms can include: cravings, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and shaking tremors. Withdrawal symptoms from opioids lasts anywhere from three to ten days, on average. Opioid withdrawal can be dangerous, which is where medically supervised treatment including MAT and behavioral counseling can be beneficial.
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