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DEFINING THE DISORDER
Opioid addiction is a medical disorder that results from the recurrent use of opioids and creates a reliance on the drug that fuels the need to continue using, despite the emotional, physical and social impacts it may have on one’s life.
You may even see another name for opioid addiction - Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) - in the news, or hear about it from your doctor. Opioid Use Disorder is the correct medical term for what we would commonly call opioid addiction.