The American College of Physicians (ACP) says substance use disorders are chronic medical conditions.

The group called for greater access to care for people struggling with drug addiction.

In a position paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the group stated substance use disorders need ongoing treatment, and are not a “moral disorder or character defect.”

ACP says it wants to see tighter controls for opioid prescriptions, more training for doctors to deal with substance abuse, and more options for mental health treatment, ABC News reports.

“Drug overdose deaths, particularly from opioids such as prescription pain relievers and heroin, is a rising epidemic,” ACP President Nitin S. Damle, MD, said in a news release. “Substance use disorders are treatable chronic medical conditions, like diabetes and hypertension, that should be addressed through expansion of evidence-based public and individual health initiatives to prevent, treat, and promote recovery.”

Originally the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous declared in “The Doctor’s Opinion” that alcoholism / addiction is an allergy of the body and an obsession of the mind. Medical Science supporting the true nature of these disorders allows us to provide appropriate treatment and de-stigmatize a very long misunderstood illness.

The stigma produces shame and shame binds people into a dark place where seeking help for the illness is harder than it has to be. At BBHW we hold “no judgments” and understand the bio-psychosocial model which looks at the individual including their biology, psychology and social environment.

As medical doctors perceive the substance use disorders with greater accuracy, the public will gain a better understanding and the possibility for change becomes more tangible.

If you, or someone you know, suffer from alcohol or substance misuse Barrington Behavioral Health and Wellness has many opportunities to help you regain control of your life before you become a statistic.

Call 888-261-2178 or email us today to find out how we can help you!

Article reprinted, in part, from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

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