Glossary

Addiction
A chronic, relapsing disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.
Detoxification
The process that enables the body to rid itself of a drug.
Fentanyl
A synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin.
Heroin
A highly addictive, synthetic opioid processed from morphine.
Inpatient Treatment
When a patient is admitted to a hospital or clinic and will stay for treatment.
Gateway Drug
While a gateway drug may not itself be addictive, it can be habit-forming and may lead to the use of other addictive drugs.
Morphine
An opioid medication that is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
Naloxone
A prescription drug that can reverse the effects of opioid-related overdoses.
Opioid
Controlled substance that is most often prescribed for pain management.
Outpatient Treatment
When a patient is not admitted, but visits a hospital or clinic for treatment.