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Health care providers and addiction

Health care providers can and should address addiction and risky substance use with their patients in the same way they do for other diseases. This includes educating patients about addiction, and its risk factors, and routinely screening for risky use, providing brief interventions if needed, diagnosing addiction and providing or arranging for treatment of the disease. Health care providers can also provide long-term disease management if needed.

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Why addressing addiction is important

Addiction and risky substance use involving tobacco, 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 the disease of addiction. That’s more than those who have heart disease, diabetes or cancer.

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40 million people have the disease of addiction. 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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