ADDICTION MEDICINE

Addiction Medicine is concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of persons with the disease of addiction, of those with substance-related health conditions, and of people who show unhealthy use of substances including nicotine, alcohol, prescription medications and other licit and illicit drugs. Physicians in this subspecialty also help family members whose health and functioning are affected by a loved one’s substance use or addiction.

In March 2016, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) announced recognition of the field of addiction medicine as a new medical subspecialty.[6] In several countries around the world, specialist bodies have been set up to ensure high quality practice in addiction medicine.