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ASAM past president backs long term view of treatment.

For too long, the recovery community and the addiction providers have treated addiction like an acute illness, in some instances providing adequate identification and a limited amount of initial interventions (withdrawal management, residential and intensive outpatient counseling, coupled with medication-assisted therapy) without the consideration of monitoring (a long-term strategy) to address chronic illnesses as the medical field does for other chronic illnesses.

Long-term monitoring and treatment of any chronic illness enhances the likelihood of better outcomes with regard to chronic medical illnesses, as we have seen with other chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Michael Weiner's approach and forward-looking proposal (Spring 2018 issue) would significantly impact the desired outcomes for more successful treatment of addictions. This approach would be a "game changer" for addiction treatment.

Louis E. Baxter Sr., MD

Past president, American Society of Addiction Medicine

Founder and president, Professional Assistance Program of New Jersey

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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Baxter, Louis E., Sr.
Publication:Addiction Professional
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 22, 2018
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