NEWSWEEK: WHAT ADDICTS NEED
An Unpublished letter to the editor that needs to be heard...
TO THE EDITOR: Addiction indeed is an illness, a “chronic, relapsing brain disorder,” as your article notes (Feb 23).You also correctly point out that this has been recognized (e.g., by the AMA) for over 50 years. Furthermore, it’s a disease that – where narcotics are concerned – has been treated with great effectiveness with medicines (especially methadone) for more than four decades. Accordingly, it is difficult to understand the quote you attribute to Dr. Nora Volkow, the Director of NIDA, “The future is clear. In 10 years we will be treating addiction as a disease, and that means with medicine.” Obviously, this is not a prediction of the future, but a concise recap of the knowledge and practice of the past.