The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) just released this new definition of addiction after a four-year process involving more than 80 experts.
“At its core, addiction isn’t just a social problem or a moral problem or a criminal problem. It’s a brain problem whose behaviors manifest in all these other areas,” said Dr. Michael Miller, past president of ASAM who oversaw the development of the new definition. “Many behaviors driven by addiction are real problems and sometimes criminal acts. But the disease is about brains, not drugs. It’s about underlying neurology, not outward actions.”
Addiction is a real problem and it takes a multi-faceted approach to give us the best chance for recovery. Treatment centers, psychology, counselors, mutual aid groups like AA, NA are all part of the cornucopia of resources available. For teens and young adults, the socialization aspect while building a life of recovery plays a big part. This is where an APG can be a crucial part of that process of recovery.
The Alternative Peer Group (APG) model encompasses the necessary ingredients for successful treatment of adolescents struggling with substance abuse or drug addictions. This model was created in Houston, Texas about forty years ago. Alternative Peer Groups were created to address the emotional, psychological, spiritual and social needs of teens struggling with substance abuse.
Below is a video where a number of leaders in the Recovery community discuss this important component of recovery.