Sandeep Kapoor, MD, Director, Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), Northwell Health,
has written an interesting article about humanizing addiction and overcoming stigma.
Dr. Kapoor writes, “The way we talk about this health crisis is deeply problematic. We speak of the men and the women affected by this disease as ‘addicts,’ as if they’d succumbed to the drugs because of some inherent moral failing. As in the early days of HIV/AIDS, many Americans are still ashamed to speak of the condition…health care professionals can take a step further by learning to spot signs of addiction earlier and treat it before it’s too late.”