Treating addiction as a disease
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Treating addiction as a disease the promise of medication-assisted recovery : hearing before the Subcommittee on Domestic Policy of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, second session, June 23, 2010 by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Subcommittee on Domestic Policy

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Published by U.S. G.P.O., For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O. in Washington .
Written in English


  • Chemotherapy,
  • Treatment,
  • Drug addiction

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LC ClassificationsKF27 .O942 2010f
The Physical Object
Paginationiii, 140 p. :
Number of Pages140
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL25241988M
ISBN 100160892376
ISBN 109780160892370
LC Control Number2012358751

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  Addiction is not a disease. It’s simply a nasty habit, says neuroscientist Dr. Marc Lewis, himself a longtime addict and professor of developmental psychology, in his new book, “ The Biology of. • Primary, chronic brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences • Involves cycles of relapse and remission • 40‐60% genetic • Without treatment addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death American Society of Addiction Medicine. • Patient participation in treatment and recovery is shown to improve outcomes. Treatment will be ongoing, as addiction is a chronic disease. For this reason, an agreed upon treatment plan ahead of time is strongly recommended. • At the same time, a patient should expect to be treated with respect and dignity and have concerns listened to whenFile Size: KB.   In contrast, most mental health and medical professionals refer to addiction as a disease. As such, it is not something against which preaching would be effective. No one preaches against pneumonia or cancer, for instance. As a disease, the treatment of addiction is to be approached through psychological and medical means.

Volume 1/Issue 2 31 Learning Objectives cefine addiction, substance abuse, and substance dependence.D cdentify contributing factors for addiction.I c Explain the biological neural pathways that underlie addiction. T he concept of alcoholism and other drug dependency as being a disease first surfaced early in the 19th century.   Then came the idea that addiction is a disease: a medical illness like tuberculosis, diabetes or Alzheimer's disease. That meant that people with addictions weren't bad, they were sick. Addiction is a complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences. Addiction as a Disease Addiction is a complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences. A fuller discussion can also be found in my books, "The Heart of Addiction," and "Breaking Addiction," or academic papers, especially "Addiction as a Psychological Symptom" in .

So why would we call addiction a disease that requires medical treatment? Saying addiction is a disease suggests that the brain can no longer change that it’s an end state. But no, it’s not end state.-Marc Lewis. We know that treatment isn’t required by most to overcome addiction, so in that sense it’s not a disease. And the changes in the brain that occur because of addiction Author: Anne Fletcher. Alan Leshner, who was the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the time, immediately understood the implications of those findings, and it helped solidify the concept of addiction as a brain disease. Over the past three decades, a scientific consensus has . Her book is Unbroken Brain. The central premise to Unbroken Brain, is that we’re in the middle of an epidemic of addiction and we are stuck in treating it ineffectively when there are better methods available. One in ten Americans are in the throes of /5(). Patients: Addiction is a degenerative physical disease of the brain. However, drug and alcohol addiction can be treated, and no matter what genetic characteristics you may have, physical changes in the brain can be reversed through sustained abstinence.