Opioid Addiction Essay

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Abstinence-based treatment of opioid addiction utilizes substance abuse therapy, but not medications, to aid in the treatment of addiction to opioids.
Addict is shorthand for opioid addict. For example, the statement “Some addicts abuse heroin” is the same as saying “Some opioid addicts abuse heroin.” The word ‘addict’ derives from the Latin word ‘addictus,’ which means to become a slave (http://bit.ly/20Isq0N).
Addiction is shorthand for opioid addiction. The medical term is opioid use disorder or opioid dependence. Street terms are a monkey on your back, chasing the dragon, habit, and hooked.
Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, and Narateen are support programs for family and friends of substance abusers.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA),
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The prefilled naloxone kits are administered by first responders, family, and friends in the event of an opioid overdose. Chapter 10 explores this new and important avenue of emergency treatment of an opioid overdose.
Opioid treatment programs (OTPs), previously called methadone maintenance clinics, are outpatient medical clinics where patients receive methadone as an aid to recovery from opioid addiction. Some OTPs also dispense buprenorphine.
Office-based treatment of opioid addiction refers to the treatment of opioids addiction from a physician’s office rather than from a methadone clinic.
Overdose is a toxic reaction to overusing a substance. The consequences can be tragic. For opioids, the result can be death.
Painkiller is shorthand for prescription painkiller. Other terms are opioid analgesic, opioid painkiller, and opioid pain reliever. A painkiller is an opioid medication approved by the FDA to relieve pain. Other medicinal uses of opioids are to treat cough (antitussive) and diarrhea (antidiarrheal).
Physician refers to a medical doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy. Physicians are highly trained and licensed healthcare

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