A Former Opioid Addict at Harvard Says We’re Getting Addiction Wrong

We’re in the midst of an opioid epidemic. In the U.S., deaths spiked from 10,000 in 2002 to more than 49,000 in 2017. Canada’s steady uptick in opioid-linked deaths is highest for ages 30-39.

Treatments vary, and most of them use faith-based initiatives to attempt to stem addiction in the bud, and rely on an abstinence-only method.

The problem, say a growing number of scientists, is that these faith-based options don’t work—especially given new knowledge about how addiction affects our bodies through our brains.

The movement to redefine and understand opioid use disorder, or OUD, is welcomed by Peter Grinspoon.