In the more than 400-page report “Facing Addiction in America,” released this month, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recommends evidence-based early interventions for young people, expanding treatment programs that have been proven to work and investing in substance use prevention and treatment research. Murthy also emphasizes the need for a cultural change surrounding the disease of addiction.
Every theory we have about what causes addiction is imperfect.
Several addiction theories have significant evidence supporting them — but, as with the disease model, none of them can be universally applied to every addict. That doesn’t necessarily undermine their validity, though. Addiction is perhaps best understood as many different pieces of a puzzle: The nature of those pieces will differ from person to person, and the picture they form will be as unique as the individual herself.
The South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has partnered with Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls in a new initiative -- “Communities Facing Addiction” -- to help drug and alcohol addiction sufferers get well.
The South Dakota Synod has partnered with Face It Together Sioux Falls for the spiritual health and wellness of our communities to help get drug and alcohol addiction sufferers well.
In the last six months, Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls has seen a 12 percent increase in people with a meth addiction.
The current opioid crisis has brought an increase in media coverage on topics such as addiction and treatment. Unfortunately, the language that is often used is problematic. Words like "abuse," "abuser," "addict" and more increase the stigma surrounding addiction. This language perpetuates false stereotypes, spreads misinformation and keeps people out of care.