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What is the definition or description of: addiction medicine?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Docs specializing in: Drug abuse and pain management. Many different specialists may focus in this area, including psychiatrists, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, and occupational medicine. Complex area, as this could involve rehab, drug withdrawal, and ultimate revision of medicines and treatment. Could include focus on opioids, recreational drugs such as marijuana or cocaine, but in some cases alcohol and/or valium.
Dr. Brian Writer
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Addiction Medicine: "addiction" medicine either refers to medical providers who specialize in the management of addiction or medications that have the potential to cause habit formation.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
See below: Addiction medicine is a medical specialty that deals with the treatment of addiction. The specialty often crosses over into other areas, since various aspects of addiction fall within the fields of public health, psychology, social work, psychiatry, and internal medicine, among others.
Dr. Gena Kluwe
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Addiction Medicine:: Doctors who deal with patients who suffer with addictions. Generally drugs or alcohol of both. Often with a co-morbid psychiatric and very often physical illness frequently attributable to their addiction. As on the case of ivdu with hep c and cirrhosis, etc. Here's a link from wikipedia that's as good an explanation as i've ever seen. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/addiction_medicine.

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