WHAT IS ADDICTION MEDICINE?
Addiction Medicine (AM) is a recognized physician subspecialty of the American Board of Medical Specialties. Credentialed AM subspecialists serve as clinical experts, faculty, teachers, researchers and change agents. They provide prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment services for patients with unhealthy substance use or substance-related health conditions. AM physicians also help family members who are affected by a loved one’s substance use or addiction.
Why is the field of Addiction Medicine important?
Unhealthy substance use and addiction is the nation’s largest preventable health problem, yet only about 10% of patients receive treatment for it. This subspecialty is important in helping eliminate the personal and public health consequences and the stigma associated with addiction by reinforcing that it is a preventable, treatable disease, and by providing patients with access to credentialed physicians. It also provides unique, rewarding career opportunities for interested physicians, recognizes their expertise and provides accessibility to science-driven prevention and treatment for patients, families and communities.
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We are working to offer more online courses and other educational videos focused on a range of addiction medicine topics. This content is appropriate for ALL members of the healthcare team including physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, social workers, SUD counselors, pharmacists and students.