CASA Columbia Provides New Report on Addiction Medicine

The National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia) released a report entitled Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap Between Science and Practice on the treatment of addiction in the mainstream medical system. With addiction affecting a large portion of the population, CASA Columbia reviewed the process of treating addiction to find that is regularly underrated and laregely skimmed over. While a wide range of evidence-based screening, intervention, treatment and disease management tools and practices exist, they rarely are employed.  The report shows that most medical professionals who are most likely to encounter individuals with substance abuse issues are not adequately trained to diagnose or treat addiction, and most treatment providers are not medical professionals and therefore not equipped with the knowledge, skills or credentials required to provide th e full range of evidence-based services. The study also addresses the issue from a funding angle as well as provides recommendations for the intervention and treatment of addiction. To read the full report, click here.