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5 Things to Know About Treating Opioid Dependence

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Fact 1: Dependence is treatable

People who take an opioid may develop a physical dependence on the drug, which means they have withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it. Some also develop addiction, which involves intense cravings for the drug and loss of control over using it. The good news? Dependence on prescription painkillers is treatable.

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Medically Reviewed By: Williams, Robert, MD

Last Annual Review Date: Sept. 17, 2012