After a four year investigation into addiction, which took into account the council of over 80 experts, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) published its updated definition for addiction.
"At its core, addiction isn't just a social problem or a moral problem or a criminal problem. It's a brain problem whose behaviors manifest in all these other areas," said Dr. Michael Miller, past president of ASAM who oversaw the development of the new definition. "Many behaviors driven by addiction are real problems and sometimes criminal acts. But the disease is about brains, not drugs. It's about underlying neurology, not outward actions."
This definition finally takes into account the decades of research that have shown the activity in the brain of an addict. The article goes on to discuss how addiction is no longer being looked at as a secondary disorder and compares addiction to other chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It is a fascinating time we live in and a great article to check out if you or anyone you love struggles with addiction.