Opioid dependence:
A chronic relapsing disorder

Opioid dependence is a chronic relapsing disorder with treatment needs similar to other chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension.1 Although no cure yet exists, opioid dependence can be managed effectively over the long term with a comprehensive treatment approach that includes counseling and psychosocial support and requires an understanding of the biologic and social context of this disease.1

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Pathophysiology of Opioid Dependence

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Prevalence of Opioid Dependence

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The Impact of Opioid Dependence

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Relapse in Opioid Dependence

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Treating Opioid Dependence

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Addressing Barriers to Treatment

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Reference:

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. Principles of drug addiction treatment: a research-based guide, 3rd ed. NIH Publication No. 12-4180; revised December 2012. http://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/podat_1.pdf. Accessed May 11, 2013.