In this episode, Patrick talks with Dr. Corey Waller from the Health Management Associates Institute on Addiction to discuss addiction medicine becoming its own specialty and the importance it plays across all fields and levels of medicine.

Todays GuestCorey Waller MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM is a board-certified and actively practicing addiction and emergency medicine specialist with extensive experience working at the local, state, and national levels.

He works with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and related organizations to advance the evidence-based practice of treatment and recovery for individuals affected by substance use disorder (SUD). A nationally recognized expert in SUD, he is the editor-in-chief of The ASAM Criteria. As a principal with the Health Management Associates (HMA) Institute on Addiction, he is directly responsible for consultation regarding addiction treatment system development for hospitals, primary care practices, justice-involved populations, and addiction treatment providers. He oversees the learning management system and continues to develop educational resources covering addiction, pain management, behavioral health, and administrative support for these systems.

Sections from this episode include

How the medical perspective of addiction has changed over time

Understanding and emphasizing with patients

The ethics of addiction medicine

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there is help available.

SAMHSA National Helpline

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Browse addiction resources from treatment finders to recovery groups to grief support.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

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National Institute on Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) supports and conducts research across a broad range of disciplines and leads the nation in scientific research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction.

Health Management Associates

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