On November 17 in Los Angeles, Facing Addiction co-hosted a national summit with United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to release his office’s historic, first-ever report called Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.  Dr. Murthy recommends evidence-based early interventions for young people, expanding treatment programs that have been proven to work, and investing in substance use prevention and treatment research.

A few specific recommendations include adding addiction screenings in primary health care settings and hospitals, creating recovery-based high schools and colleges, and establishing community forums to emphasize the medical nature of addiction.

“I’m calling for a cultural change in how we think about addiction,” Murthy told The Huffington Post. “For far too long people have thought about addiction as a character flaw or a moral failing.”

“Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain and it’s one that we have to treat the way we would any other chronic illness: with skill, with compassion and with urgency,” he added.

The report, executive summary, and key findings may be accessed here: https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/