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About Opioid Dependence
Understanding the stigma of opioid dependence:
More and more, opioid dependence is being accepted as a long-term medical condition, like high blood pressure or diabetes.
Yet unlike these other conditions, opioid dependence carries a powerful stigma. For example: Imagine you're interviewing for a new job. You wouldn't think twice before asking whether the company's health plan covers the cost of insulin to treat your diabetes. But would you be as quick to ask about coverage of costs related to your opioid dependence?
This stigma is rooted in the long-held belief that drug dependence is a moral failure. Only within the last 20 years have researchers realized that drug dependence is a medical condition caused by changes in the brain.
Today, opioid dependence in the United States is growing at a fast rate. Sadly, the stigma associated with opioid treatment deters many people from seeking help.
Removing the stigma of opioid dependence is critical to helping people get proper care. A key part of achieving this goal is wider recognition that opioid dependence is a medical condition—not a moral failing. It's not about being a good or a bad person, it's about embracing treatment, including both medication and counseling, and going forward from there.