Addiction Stigma

Addiction is a Chronic Disease, Not a Moral Weakness

Addiction is a Chronic Disease, Not a Moral Weakness   In 2016, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D. released the office’s historic, first-ever report titled Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. The report publicly confirmed what researchers have known for years: addiction is a chronic illness that is accompanied by significant changes in the brain. Murthy said, “We have to recognize (addiction) isn’t evidence of a character flaw or a moral failing. It’s a chronic disease of the brain that deserves the same compassion that any other chronic illness does.” He went on to recommend evidence-based early interventions for young people, expansion of treatment programs that are proven to work, and investment in substance use prevention and [...]

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