Finally, a revised, fact-based approach by the Federal Government after 40 Years and a Trillion dollars
Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli: “We’ve learned addiction is a brain disease. This is not a moral failing. This is not about bad people who are choosing to continue to use drugs because they lack willpower. You know, we don’t expect people with cancer just to stop having cancer. The hallmark of addiction is that it changes your brain chemistry. It actually affects that part of your brain that’s responsible for judgment”.
“We can’t arrest and incarcerate addiction out of people. Not only do I think it’s really inhumane, but it’s ineffective and it cost us billions upon billions of dollars to keep doing this”.
That is the essence of Michael Botticelli’s approach — addicts should be patients, not prisoners. (Scott Pelley interview, cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-a-new-direction-on-drugs/, December 13, 2015)
A person with addiction may also benefit from individual therapy. Drug addiction often coexists with substantial emotional issues that need to be dealt with in order to change self-destructive patterns. Also, a therapist can help you cope with the many emotions that may be present during the recovery process. A person with addiction may have to deal with depression as they come to grips with the pain that his or her drug problem has caused. Guilt and shame are also common feelings that can be worked through in therapy. (Mara Tyler & Jaime Herndon, Medically Reviewed by Kenneth R. Hirsch, MD on September 3, 2014, healthline.com/health/addiction/illicit-drugs#Treatment3)
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