MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The University of Tennessee College of Medicine’s Center for Addiction Science was recognized today as the first unified Center of Excellence In Addiction Medicine by The Addiction Medicine Foundation.
The Center for Addiction Science was founded to address the untreated addiction epidemic, not only in Memphis, but across the country. The center provides clinical treatment services including cognitive behavioral therapy, medication-assisted treatment, motivational enhancement therapy and 12-step program facilitation across all demographics. The center is also training physicians to offer alternate forms of pain therapy to avoid over-prescription of opioids.
“As a medical school dedicated to serving the Memphis community, it is our belief that we must make a difference and be an essential part of the health care fabric of our city,” said David Stern, MD, Robert Kaplan Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. “We recognized the unmet addiction need, and we are working to address it head on, both in our region and nationwide.”
The Center of Excellence designation from the Addiction Medicine Foundation, a national organization that accredits physician training in addiction medicine, puts the center at the forefront of its field -- as the first in the country to bring together clinical care, research, education and community outreach to address addiction and deadly substance use.
“The UT College of Medicine has emerged as the nation’s first integrated addiction model,” said Kevin Kunz, MD, MPH, executive vice president of The Addiction Medicine Foundation. “There are locations and fellowships where all the elements exist, yet not in a unified fashion and not interactive. UT College of Medicine’s Center for Addiction Science offers all necessary elements for success and will serve as a model for future centers across the country.”
“Addiction is an equal-opportunity illness,” said Daniel Sumrok, MD, director of the Center for Addiction Science. “It does not discriminate. The picture of addiction is much different now than it was even a decade ago. Anyone can become addicted to painkillers, and we are doing our part to reduce that dependency rate.”