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What is an opioid addiction? | Opioid Addiction Treatment Services

Opioid addiction is a deep-rooted, relapsing disease of the brain that results from the prolonged effects of intense exposure to the drugs. Opioid addiction creates a compulsive, physical need for continued opioid use. As the person becomes addicted to the drug, they must continue taking it or suffer severe withdrawal symptoms. Seeking and using opioids becomes the primary purpose in the life of the addicted person. Important social, employment, and recreational activities are given up or reduced because of this intense preoccupation.

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Q: We don’t give alcohol to alcoholics, why give drugs like methadone to someone with an addiction?

If a person has an addiction to drugs, his or her body has become chemically conditioned to expect those drugs. When the body is suddenly deprived of the drugs it is expecting, unconscious physical withdrawal occurs. The physical and emotional effects of withdrawal are typically very severe. During this time, a person has little ability […]

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Words From Our Patients:

Before going to the BHG clinic and beginning methadone treatment and counseling sessions my life had no hope. I was using drugs of all sorts and doing things I thought I never would see myself do. I thought there was no answer to my problem (addiction). I lost all control of my life. I am […]

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