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