Physician Understanding and Treatment of Addiction: Have 'Pseudoaddiction' and 'Self-Medication' led us astray?

Chambers R Andrew
2016 Journal of Addiction and Dependence  
U.S. healthcare and psychiatry in particular, lack trained professional workforce, physical infrastructure, and financial support via insurance coverage needed to adequately support addiction treatment. Concepts of 'pseudoaddiction' and 'self-medication', influential among physicians who treat pain and/or mental illness, frame drug use as being therapeutically beneficial, which is different from, and even opposite to, how drug use is understood in the disease model of addiction. Over-emphasis
more » ... the closely-related concepts of 'Pseudoaddiction' and 'self-medication', especially in regard to patients who suffer addiction at high rates, may have contributed to a medical-psychiatric culture that has been slow to taking clinical responsibility for diagnosing, preventing, and treating addiction as a disease of major public health importance.
doi:10.15436/2471-061x-16-028 fatcat:c6ub7vln6vadhe4iucqfkl3sqi