Addiction: Not a Hangnail, But Not Poverty Either
Few would disagree that Medicine has ignored addiction. Nowadays, we can offer several safe and effective medications and psychosocial interventions to treat the illness, and yet, most people who suffer from it are never assessed, let alone treated by a physician for substance use and other addictive disorders.
For the longest time, people who care for addicted patients have been screaming from the rooftops that addiction is grossly underestimated, underappreciated, underdiagnosed, and undertreated. “Addiction is a huge problem. It is at the core of so much that is pathological both in psychiatry and in other medical fields. Wake up!” has been the mantra of addiction specialists from the bedside to public health hearings.
Grand Rounds on addiction topics in medical schools across the USA routinely open with well-researched epidemiological slides depicting millions of individuals afflicted by the illness, billions of dollars lost in productivity, and other apocalyptic data. The speaker...
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