November 01, 2019 Feature

Separating Treatment Myths from Reality

Kelly K. Dineen

Any discussion of law, ethics, and policy regarding substance-use disorders, or SUDs, is situated in cultural, historical, and legal contexts too often informed by deeply held but factually incorrect belief systems. These mistaken beliefs implicate the nature of addiction (now known as a severe SUD), the “character” of the individual with SUD, the meaning of suffering and “willpower,” and the appropriate roles of health care providers, peers, family members, and colleagues.

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