WHAT IS ADDICTION ?
Continuous uncontrollable cravings
which result in compulsive opioid use.
Patients are unable to take opioids as
prescribed, continue to use despite doing
harm to their (or other's) quality of life.
Addiction is a disorder and affects different parts of the brain than physical dependence.
People who are addicted to opioids are both physically dependent and addicted, but it is the addiction part which is the disorder.
Buprenorphine treatment is for addiction not physical dependence.