Substance abuse and misuse is a medical disease

Ronald A. Chez, Robert L. Andres, Cynthia Chazotte, David C. Lewis, Frank W. Ling

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Addiction to illegal drugs is associated with impaired health, harmful behaviors, and major economic and social burdens. It also is a chronic illness that responds to medical treatment. This treatment requires a combination of acute care, the management of relapses, and continuous follow-up care. An essential element in achieving treatment goals is parity in health insurance reimbursement equivalent with that for other chronic, relapsing diseases. This would facilitate the patient's access to care, a range of treatment benefits, and the assessment of clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-198
Number of pages4
JournalPrimary Care Update for Ob/Gyns
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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