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What are symptoms of opioid addiction?

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Opioids are narcotics, drugs that numb pain. It’s common to get physically dependent on medications after a long time. When you stop using them, you may get withdrawal symptoms like insomnia, restlessness, or chills.

Addiction, on the other hand, is a brain disease marked by compulsive behavior. You can be dependent on a drug without being addicted If you are addicted, you:

  • Can’t stop taking the drug
  • Feel anxious, moody, depressed, or uninterested in things
  • Spend all your money on drugs
  • Lie, hide, or steal because of drugs
  • Slur your speech or feel agitated
  • Neglect work, family, and your appearance

From: What Are Opioids? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment: “Opiates/Opioids.”

American Chronic Pain Association: “Prescription Medications for Chronic Pain,” “Opioids.”

MedlinePlus: “Opioids and Chronic Pain.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “What Are Opioids?” "Opioid Overdose Crisis."

ACPA Resource Guide To Chronic Pain Medication & Treatment 2015 Edition , American Chronic Pain Association, 2015.

National Institutes of Health: “Complete biosynthesis of opioids in yeast.”

Narconon: “Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.”  

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment: “Opiates/Opioids.”

American Chronic Pain Association: “Prescription Medications for Chronic Pain,” “Opioids.”

MedlinePlus: “Opioids and Chronic Pain.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “What Are Opioids?” "Opioid Overdose Crisis."

ACPA Resource Guide To Chronic Pain Medication & Treatment 2015 Edition , American Chronic Pain Association, 2015.

National Institutes of Health: “Complete biosynthesis of opioids in yeast.”

Narconon: “Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.”  

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

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