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 WLKY.COM AND
CLICK ON THE STATE O

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