Our attitudes about drug use in society are continually evolving. In the not-so-distant past, drugs now considered dangerous—including cocaine, barbiturates, and amphetamines—were prescribed for everything from sleeplessness in children to weight loss.
Historically speaking, the idea of addiction as a brain disease is a very new one. People once saw addiction as a personality flaw and a sign of weakness. This stigma still persists in society today and is a major challenge for addicts and the people who treat them.