Published in the Olympian on December 15, 2019
“For many years now, we’ve known that addiction to opioids, including heroin, is a bona fide disease, a persistent mental illness that hijacks the brain in ways that are different from but no less profound than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Nonetheless, most people still judge people with this illness harshly. That’s at least partly because one of the first casualties of addiction is honesty, and most addicts lie – even to themselves – to deny or cover up their illness. They sometimes steal from strangers and even from their own families. They can become combative, abusive and unreliable. Those behaviors make compassion hard to come by.” CONTINUE READING HERE