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Opioid Addiction and Abuse

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid misuse or addiction, learning more about this class of drugs can help you make an informed decision about yourself. This page will help you learn more about the various types of opioids, opioid addiction, and opioid addiction rehab options.

What Are Opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs sometimes referred to as narcotics or opiates.1 As medications, opioids have been widely used for their painkilling properties, though at certain doses, their use may also elicit a euphoric, rewarding high.2 Opioids have historically been prescribed to treat pain and medical conditions such as cough or diarrhea.

Are Opioids Addictive?

Opioids are highly addictive drugs.3, 5, 16 While specific causes of opioid addiction aren’t clearly understood, there are some risk factors that can make you more likely to develop an issue with opioid addiction or abuse.



Opioid Addiction Treatment

Many people recover from opioid addiction with the help of professional rehabilitation.10 Learn more below about what treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) can look like for you or your loved one.

Find Out If Your Insurance Plan Covers Opioid Rehab

American Addiction Centers provides comprehensive rehabilitation services for those seeking recovery from addiction and substance abuse, including opioid addiction and abuse. To find out if your insurance covers treatment at an American Addiction Centers facility, click here or fill out the form below. Your information is kept 100% confidential.