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Addiction is a complex, often chronic brain disease for which there is currently no cure. There is always a risk of relapse, similar to other chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Some may view this as discouraging and think, “If there is no cure, what is the point of getting treatment?” Though the thought of dealing with a life-long disease can be daunting, it is possible to live a healthy life with proper care. 

Withdrawal can and should be managed professionally. There is no benefit to “toughing it out,” and failure to seek help for withdrawal can undermine addiction treatment.

Welcome to Five Minutes With where we take a few moments to better get to know the CASAColumbia staff. Today we’d like to introduce Charlie Neighbors, Associate Director of our Health and Treatment Research and Analysis division.

When talking about addiction treatment, it is common to hear that a patient must strongly want to get better in order for treatment to work. This myth is far from reality. People with addiction often believe they don’t want or need treatment. In fact, low motivation or acceptance of their need for help often goes hand-in-hand with being addicted.

In recent weeks news has broken that President Obama is considering granting clemency to hundreds of thousands of non-violent drug offenders incarcerated in the United States. An act of this magnitude is long overdue and is a step in the right direction when it comes to dealing with our nation’s policy toward drug offenders.

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