Drug Use

What is an Opioid?

Opioids are prescription drugs that work by interacting with opioid receptors in the nervous system to produce powerful pain-relieving effects. These drugs include the following:

  • Morphine

  • Oxycodone

  • OxyContin

  • Methadone

  • Codeine

  • Fentanyl

  • Hydrocodone

  • Buprenorphine

  • Naloxone

  • Vicodin

What Are Opioids Used For?

Prescription opioids are effective pain relievers and can benefit short-term pain management during recovery from surgery or injury. In addition, they can help ease the psychological distress of chronic pain by providing relief from physical discomfort. Opioids should only be utilized as a prescription drug and taken exactly as directed by a health care provider. They should not be used recreationally or without a doctor’s supervision.

What are the Side Effects of Opioids?

While opioids can be beneficial, there are also risks associated with their use. Common side effects include:

  • Constipation

  • Nausea

  • Drowsiness

  • Dry mouth

  • Cravings

  • Confusion

  • Itching

Long-term use of opioids can lead to dependency, and once stopped, the individual may experience opioid withdrawal which can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. Opioid overdose can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.

Opioid Use Disorder

Nearly 75% of the 91,799 drug overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid. Unfortunately, opioids can be extremely addictive, and many become dependent on the drug to cope with severe pain. It is important to talk to a doctor about any risks associated with opioid use before taking them. If prescribed an opioid for pain relief, discussing the potential risks and benefits with your doctor is important. It is also essential to take opioid medications as prescribed, never share them with others, and store them safely. Additionally, you should be aware of any signs of dependence or addiction and seek help if they occur.

Caron Treatment Centers Can Help You On the Road to Recovery

At Caron Treatment Centers, we provide comprehensive care for individuals struggling with opioid use disorder. Our experienced team of professionals offers comprehensive services, including evidence-based therapies, personalized treatment plans, and aftercare support. With our help, you can work toward a life free from substance use disorder and find healthier ways to cope with pain.

If you or someone you know is suffering from or at risk of substance use disorder

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