STATE OF ADDICTION: National Addiction Treatment Week helps battle epidemic

>> THE MESSAGE HERE IS THAT ADDICTION IS A DISEASE IT IS A CHRONIC DISEASE

THERE ARE EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENTS THAT ARE AVAILABLE, AND THERE ARE PHYSICIAN SPECIALISTS THAT TREAT PEOPLE WITH ADDICTION, AND THAT WE NEED TO GROW THE NUMBER OF SPCIAL LISTS OUT THERE IN THE WORKFORCE Reporter: DR KELLY CLARK IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ADDICTION MEDICINE SHE ALSO TREATS ADDICTION AS A PSYCHIATRIST SHE BELIEVES MEDICATION -ASSISTED TREATMENT IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL OPTION TO FIGHT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

>> THERE ARE DECADES OF DATA ON METHADONE AND DECADES OF DATA SHOWING IMPROVEMENTS IN ON GOING HEALTH AND DECREASED RISKS OF DYING WITH THESE MEDICATIONS Reporter: DR CLARKS IS USING THIS TREATMENT AND IT DECREASES THE RATE OF HIV AND HEPATITIS-C CASES BUT PEOPLE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO GET TREATMENT AND A STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH ADDICTION OFTEN PREVENTS THAT THIS IS WHY 12 STATES INCLUDING KENTUCKY AND FOUR CITIES DECLARED THE WEEK OF APRI THROUGH THE 29th NATIONAL ADDICTION TREATMENT WEEK

>> TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN PEOPLE USE CHEMICALS EVEN IF THEY WERE USED AS PRESCRIBED IT CAN CHANGE THE BRAIN IT CAN ACTUALLY CHANGE THE Dth A OF THE BRAIN SO IT IS NOT A MATTER OF WILL POWER OR MORAL WEAKNESS THIS IS A MATTER OF CHANGES TO THE BRAIN AND THE MORE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A CHRONIC DISEASE, THE MORE THEY EDUCATE THEMSELVES ABOUT THIS Reporter: WHAT CAN WE DO TO FIGHT ADDICTION? THEY RECOMMEND PARENTS TALKING TO THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT DRUGS EARLY AND OFTEN BY TEACHING THEM HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS IN HEALTHY WAYS

SHE ADVISES IN THE TO TELL THEM DRUGS ARE BAD BECAUSE IT OFTEN DRIVES KIDS TO USE DRUGS AND CLEAN OUT YOUR MEDICINE CABINET GET RID OF UNUSED DRUGS IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON TREATMENT OPTIONS AND OTHER ADDICTION ISSUES GO TO WLKYCOM AND CLICK ON THE STATE O

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