By E. Douglas Varney
and Dr. John J. Dreyzehner
It is time to change the conversation in Tennessee. It is time to recognize addiction for what it is: a chronic disease, not a moral failing.
Addiction impacts about one in three families in our state. It is a disease to which we are all susceptible by our very nature as human beings.
Whether our brains crave nicotine, alcohol, sugar, prescription drugs, or other substances, it is fact, not fate, we can recover.