The idea that addiction is a brain disease is not new and has been reaffirmed by multiple studies. However, commencing treatment with emphasis on the fact that it is the brain we are treating and not the person can unduly hamper the course of treatment and recovery.
Andrew Tatarsky from The Fix writes about how important it is to ‘treat the patient’ rather than ‘treating the brain’. Take a look.
We Don’t Treat Brains, We Treat People
The idea that addiction is a “brain disease” is a common one. But does it lead treatment professions to approach the problem in the wrong way?
The US government estimates there are 80,000,000 Americans with diagnoses of substance abuse, dependence or binge patterns, and we treat a tiny, tiny fraction of them effectively. We spend billions on the war on drugs, on research and on treatment and yet have little overall impact on the epidemic. As Dr. Richard Juman and others have noted, when you look at the repertoire of addictive behaviors evidenced by Americans, we have become a “nation of addicts.” Is addiction untreatable or are we simply going about it the wrong way?. See full post
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