In this second part in their series on the opioid crisis, Drs. McGovern and Mullally talk with psychiatrist Dr. Cynthia Hunt who is responsible for the Catholic Medical Association’s Substance Abuse Task Force. She discusses clinical aspects of substance abuse disorder, the mental and spiritual effects of addiction, and how treatment can give hope.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 38:00) – There are 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. As of 2014 there were 24.5 million people in the United States needing treatment for substance abuse disorders. Only 12% of them received any kind of inpatient, residential, or outpatient treatment, meaning there’s a shortage of people treating substance abuse disorders. In what year did the American Board of Medical Specialties recognize Addiction Medicine as a certified sub-specialty?

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