There is a post that shows up on my Facebook News Feed and typically is posted by some friends who believe this misconception. This is a continual myth and misconception that comes from an unempathetic and very judgmental perception regarding those individuals who suffer substance use disorder. This article will provide a break down and … Continue reading Dispelling a myth and misconception
The debate continues as to whether or not Substance use Disorder (or addiction / dependence) is to be considered a disease. On the one side, individuals claim that substance use is a behavior. Since it is a behavior, it is therefore possible to consider that it is a choice. On the other side, there are … Continue reading The nature of addiction as a disease of choice
Within the past year, we have heard stories from social media, news outlets, and ongoing conversations around the rise of the opioid crisis. Reading through the various commentary, there is a noticeable trend of individuals caught up in emotional responses. Yet, as a society, do we fully comprehend the nature of addiction and how individuals … Continue reading Nature of Substance Use Disorder and Social Responsibility
What we do know is this: Substance use disorder creates a stronghold that prevents individuals from living productive and healthy lives. For this reason, "Substance misuse is a major public health challenge and priority for our nation" (Sylvia Matthews Burwell - Secretary US Department of Health and Human Services). Since this has become a major public health challenge, there is overwhelming evidence that supports policies and programs that focus on prevention, treatment, and sustained recovery (Burwell). What is leading this evidence is our advanced "...understanding of substance use..." as a "...chronic neurological disorder" (Burwell). A focused goal comes out of the report as the aligning of mainstream health care and substance use disorder treatment in order to address the overall health and wellness of an individual.