Opinion: Narcan alone won’t end addiction crisis. We need need more long-term treatment.

Substance use disorder, commonly known as “addiction,” is identified by the American Psychiatric Association as a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence.

People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an uncontrollable intense focus on using certain substances such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life. Research recommends that each individual experiencing substance use disorder be evaluated by a qualified professional to identify the potential existence of any accompanying psychiatric illnesses or mental health conditions.