The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) recently released a statement outlining an updated definition of addiction: Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful … Continue reading The New Definition of Addiction, and Why it Matters
Author: M. Welch Marahar, MPP
Molly Welch Marahar currently works as a senior opioid policy analyst with the Policy and Planning Administration at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to her work with the State of Michigan, Molly worked for the Center for Health and Research Transformation leading projects in behavioral health, publishing briefs on health policy and organizing local community action around opioids. As a person in long term recovery from heroin addiction herself, Molly strives to elevate the voices of lived experience to affect policy change and improve the landscape of resources for people with addiction. Before receiving her Master of Public Policy from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Molly worked as a Recovery Support Specialist and detox counselor at Dawn Farm, a community substance use treatment center and hub of recovery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.