About Substance Use Disorder

Substance Use Disorders (SUD) involve the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causing clinically significant impairment including health problems, legal issues, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. This disorder is common, recurrent and often serious, but SUD is treatable, and many people do recover with the right treatment and support. 

About Substance Use Disorder

The Division of Behavioral Health’s (DBH) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services Program provides statewide treatment and recovery support services for qualifying individuals and families struggling with the disease of addiction.  We support a client-centered approach to treatment and require that our service providers all use Evidence Based Practices when treating for addiction.  We offer an array of services including out-patient and residential treatment, as well as recovery support services such as safe and sober housing and transportation. Eligible clients will be assessed to determine what level of care and what array of supports they need to start a life of recovery.   

Individuals looking for help can call 1-800-922-3406, Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm MST for a confidential screening to determine eligibility for our services.

Opioid information

An opioid is a strong medication used to treat moderate to severe short-term or chronic pain. Heroin and illicitly-manufactured fentanyl are examples of non-prescription opioids. Opioid Use Disorder or dependence can develop with prolonged use of opioids.  DBH offers Medication Assisted Treatment, psycho-social therapy and recovery support services for individuals seeking recovery.  

If you are looking for help to quit using opioids, please call 1-800-922-3406, Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm MST for a confidential screening to determine eligibility for our services.

Common opioids
Generic Name Brand Names Street/Slang Names
Oxycodone OxyContin® O.C., Oxycet, Oxycotton, Oxy, Hillbilly Heroin, Percs
Hydrocodone Vicodin®, Lortab®, Lorcet® Vike, Watson-387
Morphine Kadian®, Avinza®, MS Contin®, Duramorph®, Roxanol® M, Miss Emma, Monkey, White Stuff
Codeine Tylenol® with Codeine, TyCo, Tylenol® #3 Captain Code, Cody, Lean, Schoolboy, Sizzurp, Purple Drank; With glutethimide:
Doors and Fours, Loads, Pancakes and Syrup
Fentanyl Duragesic®, Actiq®, Sublimaze® Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, Tango and Cash, TNT
Hydromorphone Dilaudid®   
D, Dillies, Footballs, Juice, Smack
Meperidine Demerol® Demmies
Oxymorphone Opana® Biscuits, Blue Heaven, Blues, Mrs. O, O Bomb, Octagons, Stop Signs
Methadone Dolophine®, Methadose® Fizzies, Amidone, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Dollies, Dolls, Done, Meth
Buprenorphine Suboxone®, Subutex®, Zubsolv®, Bunavail®, Butrans® Sobos, Saboxin, Oranges, Bupe, Box, Boxes, Stops, Subs


How to use opioids safely

3 Key Steps:

1. Keep your doctor informed. Inform your health care professional about any history of substance use disorder. All patients treated with opioids for pain require careful monitoring by their health care professional for signs of misuse and addiction, and to determine when these medications are no longer needed.

2. Follow directions carefully. Opioids are associated with significant side effects, including drowsiness, constipation, and depressed breathing depending on the amount taken. Take the lowest dose needed to control your pain and never more than prescribed. Taking too much could cause severe respiratory depression or death. Do not crush or break pills. This can change the rate at which the medication is absorbed and lead to overdose and death.

3. Reduce the risk of drug interactions. Don't mix opioids with alcohol, antihistamines (e.g. Benadryl, Claritin), barbiturates, or benzodiazepines. Combining any of these substances with opioids could lead to life-threatening respiratory depression. Talk to your health care provider for more information on drug interactions when taking opioids.

Alternative pain treatment

Talk to your doctor about other options to manage your pain. Some options may have fewer side-effects and risks. Managing pain without opioids could include using over-the-counter medications, physical therapy, acupuncture or massage therapy, or other methods. 

Questions to ask your doctor about a prescription

Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when a doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine.

Bring the FDA opioid questions checklist to your doctor’s office. 

Other questions to ask your health care provider if you are prescribed pain medication:

  • How long will I have pain?
  • Can I take over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Aleve)?
  • What other things can I do to have less pain? 
  • What are the side-effects of these medications?
  • Can you prescribe the smallest number of pills that you think will control my pain so that I don’t have unused medication?

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