Addiction is a chronic medical condition; Addiction medicine is a medical specialty that deals with the treatment of addiction.
Addiction and risky use constitute the largest preventable and most costly health problems facing the U.S. today. Addiction medicine clinics provide medical treatment for adults and adolescents with problems with the following substances:
-Opioids (heroin and prescription pain killers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin)
-stimulants (methamphetamine and cocaine)
-addictions to food
-other addictions, such shopping addiction, may also be treated by medical professionals.
Addiction Medicine Careers:
-An addiction specialist is a physician certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine or a psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
–Nurses of all levels are needed in addiction medicine