Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health: A Commentary

Jessica Nelson, Regina Bundoc-Baronia, George Comiskey, Thomas F. McGovern

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    Abstract

    Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health is a historic document that comprehensively addresses substance use. It presents information on the neurobiological theories of substance use, early intervention, treatment, and recovery. It places substance use in the context of medical illness that will hopefully diminish the stigma associated with it, encourage treatment-seeking behaviors, and engage more health professionals in the treatment and management of substance use disorders. The report is written with the general public as the intended readers; and to this end, the concepts were presented concisely and clearly. Further, the management strategies in the report can serve as an excellent reference for patients and health professionals and as a basis for public health policies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)445-454
    Number of pages10
    JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
    Volume35
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 2 2017

    Keywords

    • Addiction
    • Surgeon General’s report
    • community involvement
    • public health
    • recovery
    • substance use disorders
    • treatment

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