Opioid Addiction and Abuse Directory
Opioids are powerful narcotics prescribed for pain. But their use has led to abuse and a national crisis. Opioid abuse costs the U.S. millions of dollars. Babies born with addiction and a shortened U.S. life expectancy are part of the community impact. Yet hope is available. There are several resources to treat opioid use disorder, including medications, devices, and counseling. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage on opioid addiction and abuse, how to manage it, and much more.
What Are Opioids, and How Do I Take Them?
Opioids 101: What they are, how they work, and how to take them safely.
Understanding Narcotic Abuse
What are the symptoms of opioid addiction? How does dependence differ from addiction? Learn more about narcotic abuse.
Opioid Addiction Treatment
Breaking free from an addiction to prescription drugs takes more than willpower. Learn more from WebMD about the medications and types of counseling that can help get someone on the road to recovery.
Opioid and Opiate Withdrawal
If you take or use opioids for more than a few weeks, you may start to need them to feel OK. Your body can be affected in many ways if you stop them suddenly. That's known as withdrawal. Learn more about the symptoms, treatment, diagnosis, and causes of opioid withdrawal.