Is Addiction a Chronic Brain Disease?

Addiction as a chronic brain disease continues to be debated, but a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine asserts that neuroscience supports addiction as a chronic brain disease.

Not everyone views addiction as a chronic brain disease. Marc Lewis, Ph.D., neuroscientist and former addict, declares in his book, “The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease,” that addiction is the “neural circuitry of desire” and the “detrimental result of habitual behaviors”. Read an interview at The Fix.

In our white paper “Confronting the Crisis of Opioid Addiction”, Beacon takes the view that addiction is a chronic brain disease that is best treated by a chronic disease model of care.

The Centers for Disease Control and Addiction is calling America’s drug problem an epidemic. Read more here.