What is drug addiction? - Opioid addiction, part 1
This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about drug addiction. It explains that drug use becomes drug abuse when a person uses illegal drugs, or uses legal drugs inappropriately, and clarifies the difference between physical dependence and drug addiction. It discusses how drugs affect the brain, and why drug addiction should be treated as a chronic disease. The document contains brief definitions of addiction, substance use disorder, withdrawal symptoms, and relapse. Contact information for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is provided.
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The English language resource was created or reviewed by a medical professional for quality and accuracy.