By Staff Writer
Despite the fact that many experts consider alcohol and drug addiction to be chronic mental illness that often require continued substance abuse treatment, many individuals in the public continue to see it as more of a moral decision. These attitudes can make it difficult for addicts seek the treatment they need.
In order to address these common beliefs about addiction, a group of experts from a range of organizations, including the Salvation Army, the National Council for Alcohol and Drug Dependence and local law enforcement, met in California, according to the Contra Costa Times.
They discussed how changes in the brain can completely take “free will” out of the equation when it comes to addiction. No matter how badly a person wants to get clean, it is nearly impossible without support from friends and family.
Additionally, members of the panel agreed that efforts to curb drug use should begin with helping addicts sober up at rehab facilities.
Efforts to eliminate drug use are making progress. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has reported that drug use is dropping in the U.S. However, there are still many individuals who struggle with addiction and could benefit from substance abuse treatment.