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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

How are addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry related?

The relationship between addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry is evolving. The increasing number of addiction medicine physicians will add their expertise to that of addiction psychiatry physicians to meet the growing demand of patients afflicted with an addiction disorder. Addiction medicine physicians, like addiction psychiatrists, also are involved in research and the education of other health care providers, and the education of the general public as well. The public health need is great. By working together addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry physicians can address this need far better than either can do independent of the other.

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ABAM offers a Transitional Maintenance of Certification program for its current diplomates and a public listing of physicians who hold active ABAM certification status. In March, 2016 the American Board of Medical Specialties formally recognized addiction medicine as a multi-specialty subspecialty. Future certification examinations in addiction medicine will be administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.