Q1) Why can't I stop abusing or misusing opioids on my own?


Ans 1) According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), people believe at first that they can stop using drugs on their own. But after experiencing cycles of withdrawal and return to drug use, some people begin to fear the withdrawal symptoms and spend progressively more time making sure that they continue to keep a level of drug in their system in order to avoid the intense withdrawal symptoms.


Q2) Why is opioid dependence a long-term (chronic) condition?


Ans 2) Misuse of opioid prescription painkillers and/or heroin may cause changes in the chemistry of the brain, which can lead to opioid dependence. Generally speaking, drug dependence is similar to other chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, which also have both physical and behavioral components. People can learn to live with chronic illnesses. Like other chronic medical conditions, opioid dependence can be treated. One option for treatment is to use medication, counseling, and behavioral therapy together.


Q3) How does opioid dependence compare with other long-term (chronic) conditions?


Ans 3) As a long-term medical condition, opioid dependence has some common factors with illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease:Opioid dependence may not be able to be cured, but it can be treated and managed both medication and changes in behavior can be helpful people can have periods when they are symptom-free as well as periods when they have symptoms


Q4) What are some risk factors for dependency?


Ans 4) Not everyone who uses drugs (prescribed or otherwise) becomes dependent. Risk factors for dependency may include genetic or environmental factors, behavioral issues, or other conditions, such as anxiety and depression.


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