What are opioids?
Opioids (say: OH-pee-oyds) are a kind of drug. Sometimes doctors give these drugs to people to make pain go away. Some people become addicted to them.
What is opioid addiction?
Opioid addiction is when you cannot stop taking the drugs, even if you want to. If you are addicted, you may not feel well if you do not take the opioids. You may have stomachaches, diarrhea, and a temperature. This is called withdrawal.
What can I do if I am addicted?
Your doctor can give you medicine to help you stop taking opioids. You also should stay away from other people who are addicted and from places where you can get the drugs. You can go to a counselor or support group to talk about your problem.
Where can I get more information?
Ask your doctor about places close to where you live that can help you. For more information, go to:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Crisis hotline: 1-800-273-8255