If drug addiction is a brain disease, then why aren’t we treating it like a mental health issue?

How is it possible to have compassion for someone whom you believe is choosing to live a life of drug addiction? Someone who chooses drugs over their families, over their children, over their job?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is defined as a “chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her.” The physical brain changes that occur over time impair an addicted person’s self control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs.

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