"At Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, we care for many patients who struggle with addiction; some are women who become pregnant. Our primary goal is to treat them with compassion and respect. It is helpful to view addiction as a chronic disease, similar to diabetes, rather than a moral problem.
For many struggling with addiction, especially women, childhood trauma, domestic violence and mental health issues co-exist with substance use. It is hard to treat the addiction without simultaneously acknowledging why the use initially began. When we begin to understand these stories our compassion grows, and we can see the person before us, not just an addict."
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