America’s Addiction Crisis Needs More Than a Cure | Observer.com

It’s important to understand that you can’t treat addiction in isolation,” says Dr. Harris Stratyner, Ph.D, of Caron Treatment Centers. “Co-occurring behavioral issues such as depression, anxiety and pain are among many others that need to be addressed in order to create a successful recovery plan.” He disputes western culture’s long-held perception that those who abuse substances are merely selfish party lovers. “Addiction is not a moral failing,” Dr. Stratyner says. “It is a complex disease requiring a comprehensive, multi-pronged and evidence-based approach to treatment and recovery.”

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