Addiction Medicine was recognized as a subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) earlier this year and created a lot of excitement in both the medical and recovery fields. Doctors have long needed to integrate addiction into their practices so that prevention and intervention can be implemented as well as apprpriate treatment. Now with acceptance as a medical subspecialty, addiction medicine has legitimacy to implement much needed healthcare changes.
This week the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) and The Addiction Medicine Foundation announced that the first certification exam for this credential is expected to be available by next fall, with the application period expected to open in April or May.
The recognition of addiction medicine as a subspecialty is a necessary condition for full integration of addiction medicine into healthcare
Once medical groups recognize addiction as a disease, now defined by the Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction, prevention and treatment efforts can be standardized. All of healthcare can change based on the treatment of addiction as a chronic disease that needs monitoring and treatment, not just for a few months, but for the long terms as well. This allows payment systems reformed accordingly, as well.
In addition, these developments have the potential to contribute to the prevention of alcohol and drug use disorders, an area where that the healthcare field has fallen considerably short when compared with progress in treating the negative consequences of addiction.
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