Opioids, sometimes referred to as pain pills or narcotics, are a type of drug used to treat pain. They include prescription medication as well as illegal drugs like heroin. With prolonged use, tolerance may develop and individuals can become dependent. Opioid dependence causes withdrawal symptoms, often severe, which makes it difficult to stop taking them. Symptoms of addiction include uncontrollable cravings and the inability to control use even though use results in negative effects on one’s life. It is important to seek help from a qualified addiction professional as soon as possible. Oftentimes therapists will recommend support groups, inpatient or outpatient treatment, 12-step meetings and or medication. Individual paths to recovery differ, and treatment should be tailored to fit individual needs.