12.2 Safer Drug Use: What is Addiction?
Renegade PsychJune 11, 2024x
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12.2 Safer Drug Use: What is Addiction?

In this series, Dr. Stephen Love, MD, and I discuss a vitally important aspect of substance use treatment that is not discussed enough as a society or in our medical training, educating users on how to reduce the harms associated with substance use. We delve into what addiction is in this episode and discuss whether the causes are biological or environmental in nature... and you guessed it, we settle on a nuanced combination of the two. We also discuss why the U.S. is particularly susceptible to addiction and has THE highest rates of addition in the developed world. Finally, we talk about the internal battle between the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous, now including Narcotics Anonymous, etc.) and MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment), and how, again, it is so important to take helpful components of both philosophies to help guide individualizing each treatment regimen to each patient. I hope you enjoy and tune in every Tuesday for a new release!

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