This HND piece gives an introduction to this major problem, beginning with a breakdown of the ten biggest addictions, and the number of people so encumbered. We then move into the treatment modalities of behavioral therapy and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Unfortunately, the reputation of MAT--which can be quite effective--has been spolied a bit by unscrupulous practitioners, but those operations are gradually being pushed out by the ethical clinics. There really is hope for those in the grips of substance abuse disorder.
Read the complete article.