Opioid Use Disorder

A person experiencing addiction has a brain disorder that craves a substance regardless of the consequences. Dependence means there is repeat use because the body feels it needs the substance to survive. This class of drugs includes heroin, fentanyl, and prescription pain medication. Although prescribed opioid pain relievers are legal with a prescription from a licensed healthcare professional, they can become highly addictive because of their side effects and misuse. Prescribed pain medication can lead to dependency and overdosing just as easily as illegal opioids can. People who struggle with Opioid Use Disorder may:

  • Feel the need to increase dosage of an opioid, due to a growing tolerance for it.
  • Experience intense cravings that override reason, judgment, and fear of consequences.
  • Experience symptoms  similar to a common illness, such as sweating, nausea, and shallow breathing

Be fearful of experiencing withdrawal symptoms if they stop using an opioid drug.

Resources and support

Local groups and programs can help you get on the road to recovery from Opioid Use Disorder. Explore these resources:

How we serve you

If you’re a member of Cardinal Innovations, there are services to assist you with opioid use disorder. Learn about a service type or find a provider specializing in opioid use disorder.

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