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Addiction Medicine: The Birth of a New Discipline

Jama Internal Medicine

Substance use is highly prevalent, a substantial cause of morbidity and mortality and accounts for over $500 billion in economic costs in the United States annually. The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that 32% binge drink and nearly 7% reported heavy drinking over the past 30 days. With these alarming figures and more, it seems clear that the path has been paved for addiction medicine to become an integrated part of mainstream medicine. [ Read More ]



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.