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Take it from your peers, Addiction Medicine is rewarding.

Dr. Aaron Dora-Laskey

“For my emergency medicine colleagues, addiction medicine creates opportunities to intervene before patients present to the ED in crisis. There is a special kind of satisfaction that comes not just from relieving distress (e.g., from withdrawal), but providing lifesaving treatment that can be done during a brief ED visit.”

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Dr. Allek Scheele

“Try to look past any media biases you may see as a deterrent and think about the individuals you have encountered who have benefited from treatment. Think about how many of those good people are struggling to find someone to help them.”

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Dr. Andrew King

“Do you want to help others conquer the hardest and most life-altering disease humans face? Are you interested in helping mitigate the familial and social collateral damage addiction causes? Do you want to be in a specialty with huge potential for growth? Do addiction medicine.”

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Dr. Diana Bui

“Addiction medicine is such a rewarding field to help not only the patients but their family members, friends, and society in general. Patients have expressed to me how their whole lives have changed because they stopped using drugs, including having better relationships with their children and saving enough money for their family to spend on important necessities. It’s hard to think of another field in medicine where there is so much potential for such far-reaching rewards.”

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Dr. Lori Burke

“Connecting with other providers in the field of addiction medicine while obtaining skills and knowledge to take care of patients can only help you, regardless of your primary specialty. Physicians willing to incorporate addiction medicine into their field of practice will be resources to the communities they serve.”

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Dr. Rebecca Clemans

“This specialty brings us close to patients who are desperate for someone to listen and help. You can see such a dramatic change when you start the conversation; the patient looking hopelessly down at the floor, just knowing they will not be heard or understood in this problem they are experiencing, only to turn their faces up to make eye contact, open up, and appear more hopeful. Providing hope is powerful.”

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