February | Center on Addiction


Addiction is often considered a moral failing because using an addictive drug is seen as a personal choice. Many think, “No one is forcing you to use that drug, so why not just stop?” As with most chronic diseases, personal choice is only one element involved in developing the disease.

There’s no denying that substance use and addiction is rampant in our justice system. As of 2005, this health problem was involved in the crimes of 1.9 million inmates -- 85% of the U.S. prison and jail population. 

CASAColumbia’s Jon Morgenstern reflects on six insights from his work in addiction treatment research during his tenure at CASAColumbia 

Cory Monteith, Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger and now the award-winning Philip Seymour Hoffman, how many more talented stars must die from addiction before we treat it as the disease that it is?

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