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WHO Report Classifies Addiction as Brain Disorder

 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2004 6:03 pm    Post subject: WHO Report Classifies Addiction as Brain Disorder Reply with quote

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3/22/2004

The Neuroscience of Psychoactive Substance Use and Dependence report
released by the World Health Organization (WHO) concludes that addiction
is as much a disorder of the brain as any other neurological or
psychiatric illness, according to a March 18 news release from WHO.

The report, the first of its kind produced by WHO, found that
psychosocial, environmental, biological, and genetic factors all play a
major role in substance dependence.

The report also showed that advances in neuroscience make addiction
treatable through innovative diagnostic tools and behavioral and
pharmacological treatments.

The WHO advocates policies, prevention, and treatment approaches and the
development of interventions that do not stigmatize patients, are
community-based, and cost-effective.

"The health and social problems associated with use of and dependence on
tobacco, alcohol, and illicit substances require greater attention by
the public health community and appropriate policy responses are needed
to address these problems in different societies," said WHO
Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-Wook. "Many gaps remain to be filled, but
this important report shows that we already know a great deal about the
nature of these problems."


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2004 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

18 years ago when I first got on disabilaty because of my back and asthma they made me go to lots of differant Drs of their choice. Well I was honost about my cannabis use. and on my disabilaty papers it reads along with my back and lung problams that I am a cannabis dependent. I liked that, they didnt try to tell me it was bad nor to get off of it, they simply stated I was cannabis dependent. jpint hullamod
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