Opioid Addiction Resources
Addiction can be explained using the 4 C.
Addiction occurs as a result of many factors. These factors include: genetics, environment, mental health issues, coping with difficult situations and how the medication interacts with the brain.
An individual may turn to illicit sources when they are refused by their doctor. The danger of illegal drugs is that they may contain contaminants and much stronger opioids. Other concerning activities includes consuming the medication in a different way from how it would be normally prescribed. Crushing the pill so that it can be snorted or injected are examples and have lead to the development of abuse-resistant medications.
Finding resources for individuals who have chronic pain and have concerns about opioid addiction can be difficult.
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Effect on Chronic Pain Patients