Arturo C. Taca, Jr., M.D., FABPN, Certified by Addiction Medicine Board
Chevy Chase, Md., (June 1, 2011) – Arturo C. Taca, Jr., M.D., FABPN, a psychiatrist based in St. Louis, is among the just over 2,500 physicians in the country certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), an independent medical specialty board. ABAM recently certified addition medicine physicians from several specialties, including emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, preventive medicine, psychiatry, neurology and surgery. ABAM sets standards for physician education, assesses physicians’ knowledge, and requires and tracks life-long continuing education.
Arturo C. Taca, Jr., M.D., FABPN, was recently certified by American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM).
“We want addiction prevention, screening, intervention and treatment to become routine aspects of medical care, available virtually any place health care is provided,” said Kevin B. Kunz, M.D., American Board of Addition Medicine president.
Although one in five Americans entering the health care system has a substance abuse problem, there has never been a medical specialty board, drawn from all areas of medicine, dedicated to certifying addiction specialists. Now, patients have a way to find specialized medical care for substance use disorders related to alcohol, tobacco and other addicting drugs, including some prescription medications.
“Physicians are often at a loss for what to do about substance use and addiction issues, and may even misdiagnose the problem,” said Dr. Kunz. “We hope to change this by creating a cadre of thousands of specialized physicians across medical specialties.”
Dr. Taca, said, “Addiction does not have to be a life sentence. When it is treated like other chronic diseases, it can be managed successfully. We want to help people with addictive behaviors, and their families and friends get back on track to leading healthy, happy and productive lives. Receiving this certification provides me and my staff with access to more resources to treat addictive behaviors.”
Dr. Taca recently founded INSynergy Treatment Center, an outpatient medical facility that treats patients with drug and alcohol addictions using a modern-day approach combining medical pharmaceutical therapy with counseling. This is an alternative to 12- Step and AA treatment programs.
Prior to founding INSynergy, Dr. Taca completed his psychiatric residency training at Saint Louis University, where he was Chief Resident of the Department of Psychiatry. He is currently a clinical instructor, and continues to teach and to supervise residents at Saint Louis University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and St. John's Mercy Medical Center.
Studies show that fewer than one in five physicians consider themselves adequately prepared to diagnose alcoholism or other drug disorders. Physician training is sorely lacking. ABAM recently accredited 10 addiction medicine training programs affiliated with the nation’s top medical schools, and will apply to the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to accredit these programs.
“The ABAM will provide assurance to the American public that Addiction Medicine physicians have the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and treat addiction,” said Dr. Kunz. “ABAM-certified physicians will also be able to address common medical or psychiatric conditions related to the use of addictive substances.”
Created in 2007, ABAM offers a rigorous certifying examination that was developed by an expert panel and the National Board of Medical Examiners, as well as a re-certification examination to ensure that ABAM-certified physicians maintain life-long competence in addition medicine. ABAM has a governing body of 15 distinguished physicians from across a range of medical specialties, each of whom is certified by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ABAM is in the process of seeking recognition from ABMS, and plans to certify physicians in multiple specialties.
ABAM was created at a time of increasing promise for addiction treatment. Recent discoveries have added to the preponderance of evidence that addiction is a chronic disease of the brain, with unique vulnerabilities and pathology, and a predictable course if not interrupted by effective treatment. An increasing number of medically based addiction treatments have become available, and more are on the horizon. “Years of scientific research have proven drug addiction is a brain disease caused by biological, environmental and developmental factors – a disease which can have far reaching medical consequences. Given the proper training tools, and resources, physicians can be the first line of defense against substance abuse and addiction – identifying drug use early, preventing its escalation to abuse and addiction, and referring patients in need to treatment,” said Nora D. Volkow, M.D., National Institute of Drug Abuse director.
In 2009, Congress passed legislation addressing insurance discrimination against those with addictions, requiring that private insurance coverage of addiction treatment, when provided, is offered in the same way that all other medical and surgical coverage is provided. “Now that this barrier has been reduced, we want to make sure the evidence-based addiction treatment is available to all who need it,” said Dr. Kunz.
INSynergy Treatment Center, based in St. Louis, Mo., is the premier alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility in the Midwest. Patients at INSynergy are treated using a modern-day approach combining medical pharmaceutical therapy with counseling. To learn more, please visit www.insynergystl.com or call 314.997.2296.
P.O. Box 240134
Ballwin, Missouri 63024
This release was published on openPR.
Permanent link to this press release:
Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.
You can edit or delete your press release Arturo C. Taca, Jr., M.D., FABPN, Certified by Addiction Medicine Board here
News-ID: 177627 • Views: 2214
More Releases from INSynergy Treatment Center
INSynergy Treatment Center Launches Rebranded Web Site
February 21, 2012 (St. Louis) – INSynergy Treatment Center, an outpatient medical facility that treats patients with drug and alcohol addictions using a modern-day approach, recently launched its rebranded web site, www.insynergystl.com. The new web site serves as a resource for individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addictions, as well as their families and friends. It provides an overview of treatment options, success stories of individuals who overcame their addictive behaviors,
Arturo C. Taca, Jr., M.D., FABPN, INSynergy Treatment Center Founder, Interviewe …
September 16, 2011 (St. Louis) – Arturo C Taca, Jr., M.D., Diplomate- American Board of Addiction Medicine and founder of INSynergy Treatment Center, an outpatient medical facility that treats patients with drug and alcohol addictions using a modern-day approach combining medical pharmaceutical therapy with counseling, was recently interviewed by Rodney Gross, Ph.D., RSVP Health Radio host, about the phenomenon of bath salt drugs and how to spot their use and
Arturo C. Taca, Jr., M.D., FABPN, INSynergy Treatment Center Founder, Interviewe …
September 4, 2011 (St. Louis) – Arturo C Taca, Jr., M.D., Diplomate- American Board of Addiction Medicine and founder of INSynergy Treatment Center, an outpatient medical facility that treats patients with drug and alcohol addictions using a modern-day approach combining medical pharmaceutical therapy with counseling, had a two-part interview with Rodney Gross, Ph.D., RSVP Health Magazine publisher, about drug and alcohol addiction treatment in the summer issue. To read the
Arturo C. Taca, Jr., M.D., FABPN, INSynergy Treatment Center Founder, Selected a …
August 16, 2011 (St. Louis) – Arturo C Taca, Jr., M.D., Diplomate- American Board of Addiction Medicine and founder of INSynergy Treatment Center, was selected as one of St. Louis’s 2011 “Best Doctors” in the August issue of St. Louis Magazine. Dr. Taca, a psychiatrist based in St. Louis, has a private practice since 2006 and recently launched INSynergy Treatment Center, a premier alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility serving patients
More Releases for ABAM
Steel-Concrete Hybrid Turbine Tower Market Size, Landscape, Industry Analysis, B …
New Jersey, United States,- Verified Market Research has recently published a research report titled, “Steel-Concrete Hybrid Turbine Tower Market Size, and Forecast 2021-2028, Breakdown Data by Manufacturers, Key Regions, Types and Application”. Primary and secondary research methodologies have been used to formulate this report. The analysis has been derived using historic and forecast. The Steel-Concrete Hybrid Turbine Tower market is expected to thrive in terms of volume and value during the
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS INSTALLED TO LEAD THE AMERICAN BOARD OF ADDICTION MEDICIN …
Contact: Dennis Tartaglia (732) 545-1848 firstname.lastname@example.org For Immediate Release OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS INSTALLED TO LEAD THE AMERICAN BOARD OF ADDICTION MEDICINE Chevy Chase, Maryland – January 2, 2012 – The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and The ABAM Foundation today installed newly elected Directors and Officers. All are distinguished physicians and from a range of medical specialties. These volunteer Directors lead ABAM in the formal certification of physicians as