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ASAM Opioid Patient Guide 2020

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© 2020 American Society of Addiction Medicine. All rights reserved. 2 INTRODUCTION Addiction is a chronic medical illness that affects millions of people all over the world, as well as their families and communities. In 2018, about 2.1 million Americans ages 12 or older had an opioid use disorder (an active opioid addiction). Like diabetes or heart disease, there is no cure for addiction. But it can be managed, and people with addiction can and do recover. There are treatments available that are proven to be safe and effective. Treatment provided by trained clinicians can lead to a healthier way of life, free from the symptoms of addiction. This healthy way of life is referred to as recovery. Treatment with a medication along with counseling and other support is often the most effective choice for opioid addiction. This document provides facts about treatment from The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) – the leading medical society for addiction treatment. Learn more about ASAM at DEFINITION OF ADDICTION * Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease in which a person compulsively seeks and uses substances like drugs or alcohol, or engages in other behaviors (such as gambling) despite the harms that it causes to their health and/or their life. It is a brain disease because addiction changes how the brain works. Addiction impacts areas of the brain that control motivation, impulse control, reaction to stress, memory, and decision-making. These changes may last a long time, even after the person stops using substances. Without treatment and recovery support, addiction may keep getting worse. *Modified from ASAM Definition of Addiction

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