Patrick Kennedy offers hope to those with mental illness and substance use disorders.

“We know what to do. The question is, are we going to do it?”

That was the question posed by former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, son of former Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, as he spoke to a Milwaukee forum last Monday on the best ways to provide hope for those struggling with disorders of the brain: mental illness, addiction or intellectual disabilities…

Kennedy spoke at length on substance [use] disorders, explaining that they are not the result of personal weakness but that the brain is chronically addicted to a substance. He chalked up his own successful sobriety to a combination of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) along with cognitive behavioral therapy and the spiritual aspect of a 12-step recovery program.

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