A PERSON CAN DEVELOP A PHYSICAL DEPENDENCE ON OPIOIDS, WHICH MEANS HE OR SHE NEEDS THE MEDICATION TO FUNCTION NORMALLY
Opioids work by binding with structures in the brain called “receptors.” When opioids interact with opioid receptors, they impact the way the brain functions, relieving pain while inducing feelings of intense relaxation and euphoria.
When a person stops using opioids, the body and brain temporarily struggle to readjust, causing unpleasant and potentially dangerous symptoms that are collectively known as “withdrawal.” Withdrawal can begin within hours of the most recent dose, and may last anywhere from several days to more than a week.
Withdrawal can be managed with various medications, such as buprenorphine (Suboxone®) or methadone. These types of medications alleviate the physical symptoms of withdrawal, making the detoxification process more comfortable.
If a person does not take medication to suppress the effects of withdrawal from opioids, he or she may experience mild to severe symptoms.
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