A substance use disorder is a medical condition resulting from recurrent use of drugs and/or alcohol that causes significant impairment (including health problems, disability and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school or home). The disorder may result in an array of mental, physical and behavioral issues, which negatively impacts individuals' social, financial or professional lives.
There are many types of substances that people can become addicted to - such as tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription drugs - leading to substance use disorders. One of the most prevalent right now is opioids, which has seen a rapid increase in overdoses and deaths caused by the drugs.
Opioids are a class of highly addictive drugs used to reduce pain by producing a euphoric effect. Opioids include commonly prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and codeine. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 100 times more potent than morphine, and heroin, an illegal drug, are other forms of dangerous, addictive opioids that are prevalent in the current opioid epidemic.
Due to opioids’ addictive nature, continued use can result in addiction and overdose if not managed very carefully.
The good news is that there is help for those suffering from substance use disorders. If you or a family member is suffering from this disorder, please use the resources that are available right here in the Prince William area to get help.
Virginia Opioid Helpline:
Residents of Virginia: Do you have
concerns about your opioid use or just have some questions about opioids? Call
our helpline at 1-877-674-6437. Our staff can offer individualized resources
and referrals to treatment in your area. Consultations are completely
confidential and provided at no cost.
COVID -19 RESOURCES
Substance Use Virtual Meetings
A virtual meeting is when people around the world, regardless of their location, use video, audio, and text to link up online. Virtual meetings allow people to share information and data in real-time without being physically located together. Please click HERE for a list of resources.
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