Addiction Medicine on the Road to Subspecialty Status

Dr. Daniel P. Alford stumbled into addiction medicine after he finished his residency in internal medicine more than a decade ago.  He hesitantly took a part-time position as the medical director for a city-run methadone maintenance program and ended up staying for 10 years. “I loved it the minute I got there,” he said.

“I realized that there’s a whole other world out there in terms of addiction treatment that I wasn’t exposed to. Generalist disciplines … get exposed to the most severe forms of the problem, but when I got to the methadone maintenance program, I met all these patients who were doing great. Their problem was being treated with medication and counseling,” he said.

Source: Internal Medicine News – September 8, 2011

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