Kelly J. Clark, a psychiatry medicine specialist, believes a major problem fueling the opioid crisis is the fact that most healthcare providers do not know how to treat drug addiction.
“We can fight stigma with knowledge. The more we see addiction as a chronic brain disease, the more effectively we can treat patients.
You can’t go to an inpatient environment for 30 days and have your diabetes or asthma cured. You don’t "graduate" from diabetes treatment when you learn to practice healthy diet and exercise behaviors. Chronic conditions require a long-term approach to help a person manage his/her disease and require medical involvement to lead the treatment team."