On November 27, 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General,

Vivek Murthy, issued the first Surgeon General’s

Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.  Highlights of

the Surgeon General’s report include:

  • Addiction to alcohol or drugs is a chronic but
    treatable brain disease that requires medical
    intervention, not moral judgment.

  • Addiction causes changes in the function of brain
    circuits involved in pleasure (the reward system),
    learning, stress, decision-making, and self-control.

  • As with other chronic diseases, there are key risk  
    factors that raise a person’s risk for substance misuse.

  • There are many treatments that can work and what
    works depends on the individual. These treatments can
    include: medications, behavioral therapies, peer support
    groups, residential treatment, or outpatient services, to name a few.


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“Addressing the addiction crisis in America will require seeing addiction as a chronic illness – not as a moral failing. Addiction has been a challenge for a long time, but we finally have the tools to address it. By bringing together researchers, treatment providers, policy makers and key influencers, this summit will help our country see that a united front is necessary to address a public health challenge of this magnitude.”               Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy,                                         November, 2016