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Promises Treatment Centers Offers Program Addressing Dramatic Rise in Prescription Pill Addiction by Teens
Date:9/20/2011

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At LockTheCabinet.com, concerned parents can find information on the dangers and effects of prescription drug abuse, how to properly dispose of unused medication, and how to recognize signs of abuse or addiction.

In a related development, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the nation's largest professional society of physicians dedicated to treating and preventing addiction, announced last week that it has formulated a new definition of addiction that more accurately reflects current research.  Under the new definition, addiction is neither a choice nor a sign of weakness, but rather a chronic brain disease.

"The new ASAM definition is an important advance in the treatment of addictions," says Dr. Sack. "Our society is officially endorsing the view that addiction is no longer about drugs, but rather changes that take place in the reward circuitry of the brain."

ASAM estimates 23 million Americans are in need of substance abuse treatment but that only two million Americans actually seek help.


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