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.
Monique Johnson, a seasoned nonprofit executive, has more than 15 years of leadership and development experience in Nebraska and Wyoming. In addition, Terri Brown has been promoted to Lead Recovery Coach.
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.
Physicians and brain researchers say that drugs such as buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone are the most effective anti-addiction weapons available. Nevertheless, more than two-thirds of U.S. clinics and treatment centers do not offer the medicines. Many refuse to admit people who are taking them.