Viewing illicit drug abuse as a chronic relapsing disorder, comparable
with diabetes and hypertension, makes its management as much a concern for
primary care practitioners as for specialists, experts in substance abuse
“You don’t expect to cure diabetes. Treating drug abuse
is not conceptually that different,” said David A. Gorelick, MD, PhD,
chief of the clinical pharmacology section of the intramural research program
at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Baltimore, Md.
Lamberg L. Road to Recovery for Cocaine Users Can Start in Primary Care Setting. JAMA. 2004;292(15):1807-1809. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1807