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Why the New Definition of Addiction, as ‚Brain Disease,‘ Falls Short

Samstag 20. August 2011 von htm

In 1956, the American Medical Association declared alcoholism a „disease.“ More than half a century later, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has proclaimed addiction, including alcoholism and „process“ addictions like gambling, to be the same.
According to the ASAM’s definition, published on the group’s website on Monday, addiction is a „primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.“ This clarification, which was based on consultations with more than 80 experts, is aimed in part at de-stigmatizing addictive disorders.
That’s an admirable goal. The scientific evidence shows that addiction is rooted in distinct brain changes, just like other mental illnesses such as depression (though in both instances, the same changes are not found in all people with the conditions). The research does clearly show that evidence-based treatment is far more effective at resolving drug abuse problems than law enforcement efforts like incarceration. There’s no justification for treating people with addiction any differently than other patients. (Source: Join Together, 08/18/11) healthland.time.com, 08/16/11

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