Narcotic Abuse (cont.)
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Difference Between Opioid Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction
There is somewhat of a continuum between opioid abuse, opioid dependence, and addiction. Individuals who use narcotics to the extent that they start to interfere with the person's ability to do routine activities or fulfill regular responsibilities at home, at school, or at work would be considered to be abusing opioids. Other signs that individuals are abusing opioids include maladaptive behaviors that impact adversely on relationships, worsening of interpersonal problems, or frequent involvement with legal problems related to opioid use.
Individuals who have opioid dependence often will manifest some of the following symptoms.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/31/2014
Mark Zwanger, MD, MBA