Opioid use disorder—sometimes referred to as “opioid addiction”— is a chronic and relapsing disease that affects the body and brain. It can cause difficulties with tasks at work, school or home and negatively impact your ability to maintain healthy relationships.
Addiction is not a personal failure. It’s a chronic disease requiring long-term treatment.
Anyone who takes opioids is at risk of developing addiction, even when they’re prescribed by a doctor and taken as directed. Your personal history and the length of time you use opioids play a role. But it's impossible to predict who's vulnerable to dependence on, and abuse of, these drugs.
Get Support Today
If you or someone you know is in crisis, dial 988 or contact the CareFirst support line at 800-245-7013 for more information or to make an appointment.
You can also view available treatment facilities or access a list of opioid treatment providers.
Are You At Risk For Opioid Addiction?
If you’re concerned that you, a friend or a family member may be at risk for addiction, take this quick self-assessment to learn more. Addiction is not a personal failure. It’s a chronic disease requiring long-term treatment.