Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not behavior issue

  1. Stacie L profile image89
    Stacie Lposted 6 years ago

    Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse.
    The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) just released this new definition of addiction after a four-year process involving more than 80 experts. … ddictions/

    I think one can change the brain and create an addiction once drugs are's true than many are more prone to addiction than others

    1. Camille Harris profile image
      Camille Harrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely agree, Stacie.  Walking around the Civic Center of San Francisco, the effects of drug abuse are clear as one is nearly assaulted by people panhandling and milling about, no doubt ravaged by drug use.  Their behavior driven by a seemingly uncontrollable need to "cop" the next fix.

      Unfortunately addictions (esp. drug addiction) continue to be stigmatized, which no doubt affects people's willingness to seek treatment.  Same goes for mental illness.  No one wants to be labeled "crazy," but the fact is that mental illness is as real (and unpredictable) as any other disease. 

      Thanks for sharing!