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What is the long-term outlook for people with opioid disorder?

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Substance abuse disorder is a chronic illness, which means you’ll have it for the rest of your life. Most people have a relapse at some point. Some people take the medications that help manage withdrawal symptoms, or other drugs like them, for years.

From: Painkillers and Opioid Use Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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Bateson, A.N. , January 2002. Current Pharmaceutical Design

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National Institute on Drug Abuse: “How can prescription drug addiction be treated?” “The Neurology of Drug Addiction.”

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 19, 2018

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SOURCES:

Bateson, A.N. , January 2002. Current Pharmaceutical Design

eMedicine.com: "Toxicity, Barbiturate."

FDA. "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

Van den Brink, W. 2006. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry,

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “How can prescription drug addiction be treated?” “The Neurology of Drug Addiction.”

New England Journal of Medicine : “Treatment of Opioid-Use Disorders.”

UpToDate: “Opioid use disorder: Epidemiology, pharmacology, clinical manifestations, course, screening, assessment, and diagnosis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 19, 2018

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