Addiction Medicine

Addiction medicine is a sub-specialized field of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, evaluation, prevention and recovery of patients suffering from drug addiction, addictive disorders, and people who suffer from addiction to substances such as alcohol, narcotic illicit drugs, licit drugs, nicotine and prescription medicine.

This medicine field also interlinks with other fields such as public health, social work, psychology, psychiatry,  mental health counselling and internal medicine. The specialists in this field are called “addiction specialists”, “addiction specialist doctors”, “addiction counsellors”, “addiction therapists”, “addiction medicine physicians” etc. 

Addiction medicine is relatively a new field because it was recognized as a subspecialty of the medical field in 2016 by the “American Board of Medical Specialities (ABMS)”. The addiction medicine specialist helps both the patient and family who are affected by any form of drug or substance addiction.

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