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Opioid dependence can reset the brain's chemistry to think the drug is necessary for survival. When your brain tells you that you can't live without a drug, it can quickly lead to compulsive drug-seeking behavior.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have defined dependence on opioids as a long-term brain disease.
Because opioid dependence is a medical condition, it can be treated effectively with medcation-assisted treatment combined with counseling and support. Don't let shame or stigma get in the way of getting the help you need. People with other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma also benefit from medical treatment combined with behavioral changes.
The goal of treatment is to help opioid-dependent people stop misusing opioids and regain control over their lives. Medication is only one part of the treatment picture. Talk with your doctor about how counseling can increase the likelihood of treatment success - and about the importance of having strong support to help you along.
Opioid dependence is more than a physical condition. Emotions and behavior are also part of the picture -- which is why counseling is such an important part of treatment. People who are psychologically dependent may continue to use a drug despite seriously negative effects on their livess. Psychological dependence can reach the point where people have uncontrollable cravings for the drug -- and are willing to take significant risks to obtain it, regardless of the harmful consequences to themselves, their families, their jobs, or their community.
Opioid misuse can lead to opioid tolerance. When a person uses opioids, his or her brain gradually gets used to the drug and becomes less sensitive to it. As a result, he or she needs more of the drug to achieve the desired effects. This is called tolerance.
Opioids are drugs that work in the body the way opium does. Some are made directly from opium (for example, morphine and codeine), while others are man-made but similar chemically to opium (for example, the painkillers oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, better known by such brand names as OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, and Actiq). The illegal drug heroin is also an opioid.
All of these drugs are extremely powerful. For people with severe pain, opioids are very effective and medicines, and most patients treated for pain with no opioids do not become dependent on them. For some people, however, opioid dependence is an unexpected side effect of proper pain treatment. The problem comes when someone is unable to stop using the drug after the pain passes.