The use of alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical drugs, illicit drugs and other substances are widespread throughout the world and are amongst the leading causes of disability and death. Increasingly, medical approaches of treating these disorders have established themselves as effective interventions and are of great interest to those who seek help. A range of medical disorders are commonly associated with substance use.
Addiction Medicine is a new medical specialty that focuses on the treatment of disorders of substance use and related diseases. It occupies a unique place amongst the medical specialties that connects mental and physical health. The field of addiction medicine is growing heavily as the range of treatments and resulting professional interest in working in this field evolve together. Structured training in the necessary skills in physical and mental health is an essential prerequisite to the establishment of this new medical specialty.
This volume describes training programs established in Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific regions. It has been developed with the support of the International Society of Addiction Medicine and is therefore a significant milestone in the development of addiction medicine internationally and will assist local training programs in incorporating the best ideas worldwide. The work will play an important role in establishing standards of training and consequently of practice, leading in turn to better patient care and health outcomes.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Substance Abuse.
Table of Contents
1. International Perspectives in Postgraduate Medical Training in Addiction Medicine 2. The International Certification of Addiction Medicine: Validating Clinical Knowledge Across Borders 3. Specialized Training on Addictions for Physicians in the United States 4. Addiction Medicine in Canada: Challenges and Prospects 5. Developing a Competence-Based Addiction Medicine Curriculum in Indonesia: The Training Needs Assessment 6. The Master in Addiction Medicine Program in The Netherlands 7. Israel: a 2-year national program for physician's training and Qualification in addiction medicine 8. Conversational problems in consultations with patients with substance related disorders: a cross-cultural exploration 9. Norway – the struggle for a full specialty in addiction medicine 10. The Swiss road to the development of an addiction medicine subspecialty: over high mountains and through deep valleys 11. Addiction medicine: Credentialing collaborative care in Canada 12. Development of addiction medicine in Indonesia: a flying start 13. Training Need Assessment in Lithuania for addiction medicine
Paul Steven Haber is Professor of Addiction Medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia, President Chapter of Addiction Medicine at the Royal Australasian College of Physician, Australia, and Director of Drug Health Services at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He has been a member of the Board of the International Society of Addiction Medicine for six years.