What Is Addiction?
Addiction is the most severe form of substance use disorder, associated with compulsive or uncontrolled use of one or more substances. It is a chronic brain disease that causes individuals to use substances despite negative consequences” (Facing Addiction with NCADD, About Addiction) For more information on addiction, as well as resources and links for at home assessments click here.
What Is An Opioid?
Opioids include legally prescribed drugs used for pain relief, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others. They can also include illegal drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. They interact with nerve cells in the brain and body. Because they produce euphoria in addition to pain relief, they are prone to misuse. For more information on opioids, click here.