“The American Board of Medical Specialties has recognized addiction medicine as a new subspecialty.
Addiction medicine is defined as “the prevention of the risky use of substances, including nicotine, alcohol, prescription medications and other licit and illicit drugs, and the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management of the disease of addiction and related health conditions.”
Robert J. Sokol, MD, president of ABAM and The Addiction Medicine Foundation, formerly The ABAM Foundation, spoke positively of the decision to recognize addiction medicine as a subspecialty. “This is a great day for addiction medicine,” he said in a prepared statement. “This landmark event, more than any other, recognizes addiction as a preventable and treatable disease, helping to shed the stigma that has long plagued it. It sends a strong message to the public that American medicine is committed to providing expert care for this disease and services designed to prevent the risky substance use that precedes it.”
Source: BeckerHospitalReview.com – March 14, 2016
See related press release from the American Board of Medical Specialties available at: http://www.abamfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/ABMS-Recognizes-Addiction-Medicine-_ABAM-News-Release-For-Release-031416-at-2-PM-EDT-FINAL-FINAL.pdf