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What is Addiction?

Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.

Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases. (Read full definition)

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This patient guide includes information on assessment, treatment overview (including treatment plans, patient participation, and counseling), and all the medications available to treatment opioid use and overdose. It also provides links to find a provider and support groups for patients and families.

This guide provides:

  • The definition of addiction
  • Medications to treat opioid addiction
  • Do's and Don'ts in responding to opioid overdose
  • Questions to ask your clinicians
Opioid Addiction Treatment: A Guide for Patients, Families & Friends