Addiction actually changes the brain.
We must embrace those in need. Our military troops and veterans suffer in painful numbers from addiction and trauma. They, along with anyone else suffering from these illnesses, need a soft landing. They need to know that coming forward leads not toward disaster, but toward freedom.
The time has come to stop regarding addiction as a character flaw -- a personal and moral failing -- and to provide the treatment people suffering from the disease deserve, including long-term management for those with the chronic form of the disease, just as we do for hypertension or diabetes or cancer.