The CDC elaborated the Guideline that provides recommendations for medical specialists who can prescribe opioids for chronic pain. Its goal is to ensure patients receive safer and more effective pain treatment and decrease the rates of opioid misuse and overdose. You can find more detailed information in our infographic.
Opioid therapy is risky as this type of medication is highly addictive. Aside from suppressing pain, they activate the brain’s reward center and trigger the release of endorphins, colloquially called “happiness hormones”. When the substance wears off, a user may want to feel the same way again a.s.a.p. This needs to be reported to your doctor.
AddictionResource authors say that timely help-seeking is one of the ways to prevent opioid abuse and overdose. If a person has already developed an opioid use disorder, he or she must undergo an addiction treatment program either on an inpatient or outpatient basis.