Addiction is Poorly Understood by Many Doctors (Gasp!)

Misperceptions about opioid dependence, including how to screen for and treat the disorder, continue to persist for the public and for many clinicians. Almost half of the adult public and a third of primary care physicians surveyed said they believe that opioid dependence “is more of a psychological problem,” such as a lifestyle choice, than a chronic physical illness. In addition, 35% of the clinicians admitted that they do not know much about opioid dependence; 66% said they feel that a low level of education is a likely cause of the disorder; and 57% said that low income was a likely cause. Read the article.