Opioids are medicines often used to relieve pain. They usually are safe when used correctly, but some people are genetically predisposed to becoming addicted to them. Addiction is a disease that affects your brain and your behavior. At first, you have control over your choice to start using drugs. Over time, chemical changes in your brain cause you to experience powerful uncontrollable physical hunger or craving for the drug. Opioid addiction is a medical condition referred to as a “brain disease” because it alters the circuits of the brain.
Medications like methadone & buprenorphine block the craving for opioids and suppress opioid withdrawal thus enabling the addict to return to a normal life. The most successful approach to date has been medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction. We want to stop the stigma and prejudice directed at both the treatment and the patients. By eradicating stigma, you save and rebuild lives.