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Addiction medicine: Building a bridge from rescue to recovery

from HealthLeaders Media

Addiction is seen by some as a moral weakness or a character flaw, but as healthcare leaders point out, it is a brain disease — a chronic medical condition that providers must approach and treat with the same skill and compassion as cancer and heart disease. "Simply put, you have to invest in behavioral medicine. It's a brain disorder, so you treat it like any other organ that you're treating, and it makes sense for addiction medicine to become a service line that you value and that you integrate into the other components of your health system," says Clay Ciha, president and CEO of Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. more

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