Opioid addiction refers to the compulsive use of opioids despite negative consequences, leading to physical and psychological dependence on the drug. Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription pain relievers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, as well as illicit drugs like heroin. Opioid addiction can develop after taking the drugs for a legitimate medical condition, or through recreational use. Symptoms of opioid addiction include a strong desire to use the drug, difficulty controlling drug use, and continued use despite negative consequences. Opioid addiction can lead to a range of negative consequences, including increased risk of overdose, health problems, and damage to personal relationships and professional life. Treatment for opioid addiction typically involves a combination of medication-assisted therapy, behavioral therapy, and support from family and community.
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