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Editor's E-Note
As more previously uninsured individuals become insured, more people will have access to coverage for untreated and undertreated addictive disorders.

Interdisciplinary teams of addiction professionals must be prepared to treat growing numbers of individuals who, along with now having insurance coverage, are also learning from scientific research that addiction is a chronic disease like many others, caused by biological and developmental factors and with a predictable course, if not addressed by effective treatment. With coverage for treatment and a greater understanding and acceptance of addiction as a disease, more individuals may make the very difficult but critical decision to seek treatment.

Many social workers and other professionals become certified addictions professionals, but physician training in addiction medicine is sorely lacking. This month’s E-News Exclusive reports on changes that will hopefully begin to address this critical shortage.

Why is this important? Because more trained addiction medicine physicians will be prepared to join other addiction professionals in the interdisciplinary care of patients with addictive disorders. That is good news.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
E-News Exclusive
First Addiction Medicine Residencies Accredited

The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Foundation has accredited 10 training programs, the nation’s first postgraduate addiction medicine residencies for physicians. The foundation also released its program requirements and curriculum objectives, national guidelines for addiction medicine residencies.

Trained addiction medicine physicians will now join other addiction professionals in the interdisciplinary care of patients with addictive disorders. Physician specialists in addiction medicine will bring unique skills and competencies to the treatment team, using all appropriate treatment modalities to contribute to prevention and the care of individuals and families.

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