One disease.
Millions of lives.

Opioid addiction. This disease, this deep-rooted recurring brain condition, is a health crisis in America affecting millions of people. The bleak statistics can tempt you to lose hope. Don’t.

Like other recurring diseases – cancer, diabetes, heart disease – opioid addiction is treatable. It’s not a character flaw or weakness.

Medication and counseling can help. If you’re facing relapse, you can explore treatment options. Everyone’s needs are different, and information is key to finding the right treatment option.

A chronic condition of epic proportion.

Heroin use
more than
doubled
among young adults ages
18-25 in the past decade.

1 in 15
people who take prescription
painkillers for non-medical use

will try
heroin
within 10 years.

Opioid overdose
deaths
including those from
prescription pain relievers
and heroin, have

tripled
in the US from 2000-2014.

Opioid addiction
is a disease. Period.

Let’s be clear. Opioid dependence is not a character flaw or weakness. It’s a disease, a deep-rooted recurring brain disease with both psychological and physical effects.

Physical effects occur in the limbic region of the brain and have to do with the way the brain reacts and adjusts to the constant presence of opioids.

Psychological effects of addiction occur in the cortex region of the brain and may include feelings about oneself, interactions with others, thoughts about opioids, and behavior, judgment and decision making.

Like other diseases, the first step to treatment is knowing your options, then talking to a doctor.