Information for Health Care Providers
Health care providers and addiction
Health care providers can and should include questions about alcohol, tobacco, and drug use in discussions with their patients in the same way they do for other health related behaviors and problems. This includes educating patients about addiction, and its risk factors, and routinely screening for use, providing brief interventions if needed, diagnosing substance use disorders and providing or arranging for alcohol or drug abuse treatment when necessary.
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Why addressing addiction is important
Addiction, substance use and abuse involving tobacco/nicotine, alcohol and other drugs are the largest preventable and most costly public health and medical problems in the U.S. They are the leading cause of preventable death, and they cause or contribute to more than 70 other conditions requiring medical attention.
40 million people have a substance problem. That’s more than those who have heart disease, diabetes or cancer.
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40 million people have a substance problem. That's more than those who have heart disease, diabetes or cancer.
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Addiction is a disease that can be treated and managed effectively within the medical profession using an array of evidence-based approaches, including medications and psychosocial therapies.
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