Addiction is a condition that resulting in the ingestion of substances or an engagement in an activity that can be pleasurable yet harmful and difficult to stop. Treating addiction requires an understanding of how it works physiologically and psychologically.
Dependence and addiction to substances is a treatable medical condition caused by changes in the chemistry of the brain and body. By suppressing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings, treatments help people with dependence and addiction.
Opioid dependence is a serious medical condition. Like other long-term or chronic conditions, it needs ongoing treatment. Your treatment depends on the feedback you give, so talking with your doctor or healthcare team is especially important.