Calling drug addiction a chronic brain disease was a portion of Kerlikowski, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), June 11, 2012 speech at The Betty Ford Center.
Quoting from The Betty Ford Center’s introduction to the video, Gil Kerlikowske “delivered a major speech at the Betty Ford Center on Monday, June 11th, 2012, calling on Americans to understand drug addiction as a chronic disease of the brain instead of a moral failure, and outlined the importance of Federal, state, local, and community efforts to lift the stigma associated with substance use disorders,” [And for those who are not aware, an addiction to alcohol is the same as an addiction to a drug. Both are addictions, and addiction is a chronic brain disease.]
I listened to his talk and want to use this post to share it with you. Please click on this link, Gil Kerlikowske Speaks at The Betty Ford Center 2012, to watch this half hour program — I think it’s excellent.