The Breadth of Addiction Medicine

The DEI Shift

In this episode, we explore the broad and timely topic of addiction. Dr. Chwen-Yuen Angie Chen joins us for a robust discussion about the continuum of care in Addiction Medicine. We review where addiction treatment occurs and the longitudinal nature of care that is needed. Dr. Chen discusses effective screening for substance use disorder, destigmatization of addiction, patient advocacy and the unique challenges and impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with regard to rising use of substances. 

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The DEI Shift

The DEI Shift's mission is to create a podcast series on diversity, equity, and inclusion (D.E.I.) in medicine that sparks discussion and provides practice-changing data and stories for a physician, student, allied health professional, and health care leader audience. Listeners will be able to gain useful information to improve their practices and environments, to gain empathy, cultural competency, and humility, and to learn more about emerging D.E.I. concepts. The DEI Shift will discuss issues related to gender, race, sexuality, religion, ability, socioeconomics, and so much more.

Co-Hosts: Dr. Marianne Parshley, Dr. Britt盲ne Parker

The DEI Shift Guest: Dr. Chwen-Yuen Angie Chen

Editor/Assistant Producer: Joanna Jain

Production Assistants: Alexandra Babakanian, Ann Truong, Likitha Aradhyula

Learning objectives:

1. Define the terms dependence, substance use disorder, and addiction.

2. Summarize 3 practice settings where addiction treatment occurs.

3. List 4 of the key components of the American Society of Addiction Medicine鈥檚 multidimensional patient assessment for developing an addiction treatment plan.

4. Review some of the challenges with addiction in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic.

[0:00] Intro

Introduction of our co-hosts, guest, and the episode topic

[01:07] Defining terms

  • Physical dependence: dependence on substance, which does not necessarily indicate any disorder or addiction; may simply reflect a pharmacological effect
  • Substance Use Disorder: unhealthy use, including hazardous or at risk use of any substance, such as but not limited to alcohol and opiates
  • Addiction: treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions of brain circuits, genetics, environment, and the individual's experiences

[02:47] Introducing our Guest, Dr. Chwen-Yuen Angie Chen

  • Attended University of California, Davis School of Medicine and finished her Internal Medicine training at Santa Clara Valley Medicine in San Jose
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine
  • Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health

[04:08] 鈥淎 Step in Your Shoes鈥 Segment

[05:54] Outline of topics

[06:24-9:29] The Continuum of Care in Addiction Medicine

  • Addiction is defined further by Dr. Chen
    • Addiction is a chronic relapsing and remitting disorder.
    • While there is a disease model, it is important to recognize the behavioral component of addiction that requires a different set of tools to address.
  • Discussion of Addiction Medicine practice settings
    • Treatment of addiction spans a variety of practice settings from the emergency room, ICU, or medical ward to a residential facility with full time nursing staff. Outpatient settings include partial hospitalizations, intensive outpatient treatment programs, primary care offices, and specific opioid treatment facilities such as methadone clinics.
  • Management of substance use disorders should be thought of as a chronic process
    • Expectations that recovery occurs after one admission to a rehabilitation facility sets patients up for disappointment and frustration.
    • Analogy of addiction to diabetes which is a chronic process that physicians follow throughout a patient鈥檚 life.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria for appropriate placement of patients in inpatient versus outpatient settings

[09:30] Dr. Chen talks about her advocacy work in Addiction Medicine

  • Spoke with the local legislator and proposed resolutions to aid patients dealing with addiction.
  • Partnered with consortiums of treatment centers, society medicine, such as California Society of Addiction Medicine, and the 管家婆心水论坛.

[13:00] Cultural competency and destigmatization

  • Cultural competency is usually framed as cultural identity, however, does not solve barriers to treatment.
  • Ethical and political bureaucracies perpetuate biases and disparities that are unspoken and yet adversely impact the treatments patients receive.
  • Resources are truly limited for those who are dealing with addiction as they face great structural violence against them.

[15:28] Screening for substance use disorder in primary care and inpatient settings

  • Medical trainees and the limited curriculum real estate
    • Make addiction medicine part of each curriculum
  • Addressing substance use disorder in many practice settings
    • Need to be aware of our own assumptions and screen everyone, especially those with medical conditions often associated with substance & alcohol use disorders.
    • Need to ask better questions such as 鈥淗ow much alcohol do you have weekly? Monthly鈥, instead of asking 鈥淒o you use alcohol?鈥
    • Important to include questions about cannabinoids and vaping

[20:48] COVID-19 pandemic and new challenges with substance use disorder in the US

  • A reported a 54% increase in national sales of alcohol for the week ending March 21, 2020 compared with 1 year before and online sales increased 262% from 2019 to 2020.
  • In June 2020, 13.3% of nearly 5,500 surveyed U.S. adults reported that they had started or increased substance use in the last 30 days to cope with pandemic-related stress or emotions, according to study results published in .
  • The by the The Harris Poll which showed that nearly 1 in 4 adults (23%) reported drinking more alcohol to cope with their stress during the coronavirus pandemic. This was amplified in parents, essential workers, and people of color.

[25:15] Overdose prevention education and naloxone use

  • The number of overdose deaths  increased 18.2% from the 12-months ending in June 2019 to the 12-months ending in May 2020 per the , with the largest increase between March 2020 and May 2020.
  • A reported that a majority of residents felt confident in assessing a patient's risk for opioid overdose, however only 45% felt confident in providing overdose prevention education and prescribing naloxone.
  • The hidden epidemic (benzodiazepines):

[29:43] Outro

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Additional Reading/Resources:

Saitz R, Miller SC, Fiellin DA, Rosenthal RN. Recommended Use of Terminology in Addiction Medicine. J Addict Med. 2021 Jan-Feb 01;15(1):3-7. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000673. PMID: 32482955.

American Society of Addiction Medicine Criteria:

Ryan Crowley, Neil Kirschner, Andrew S. Dunn, et al. Health and Public Policy to Facilitate Effective Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Involving Illicit and Prescription Drugs: An 管家婆心水论坛 Position Paper. Ann Intern Med.2017;166:733-736. [Epub ahead of print 28 March 2017]. doi:

Ayu A.P. Et al. Effectiveness and Organization of Addiction Medicine Training Across the Globe Eur Addict Res 2015;21:223-239.

American Psychological Association. (2021, March 11). One year later, a new wave of pandemic health concerns.

The Nielsen Company. Rebalancing the 鈥楥OVID-19 Effect鈥 on alcohol sales. Published May 7, 2020. Accessed August 27, 2020.

Czeisler M脡 , Lane RI, Petrosky E, et al. Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic 鈥 United States, June 24鈥30, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:1049鈥1057. DOI:

Rubin R. Alcohol-Related Diseases Increased as Some People Drank More During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA. 2021;326(3):209鈥211. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.10626

Rutledge, S.M., Schiano, T.D., Florman, S. and Im, G.Y. (2021), COVID-19 Aftershocks on Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease: An Early Cross-Sectional Report From the U.S. Epicenter. Hepatol Commun, 5: 1151-1155.

Wang, Linda MD; Cunningham, Chinazo O. MD, MS; Browder, Casey MHA; Iyer, Shwetha MD Internal Medicine Residents鈥 Feelings of Responsibility, Confidence, and Clinical Practice in Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Prescribing, Journal of Addiction Medicine: September/October 2020 - Volume 14 - Issue 5 - p e147-e152

Increase in Fatal Drug Overdoses Across the United States Driven by Synthetic Opioids Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic; Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network; December 17, 2020, 8:00 AM ET; CDCHAN-00438

Liu S, O鈥橠onnell J, Gladden RM, McGlone L, Chowdhury F. Trends in Nonfatal and Fatal Overdoses Involving Benzodiazepines 鈥 38 States and the District of Columbia, 2019鈥2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021;70:1136鈥1141. DOI:

Resources for physicians:

American Society of Addiction Medicine COVID-19 Task Force recommendations

Caring for patients during the covid-19 pandemic: Supporting Access to Alcohol Use Disorder and Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health and Public Policy to Facilitate Effective Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Involving Illicit and Prescription Drugs: An 管家婆心水论坛 Position Paper; Ryan Crowley, BSJ; Neil Kirschner, PhD; Andrew S. Dunn, MD; and Sue S. Bornstein, MD; for the Health and Public Policy Committee of the 管家婆心水论坛*; Ann Intern Med. 2017;166:733-736. doi:10.7326/M16-2953

(SBIRT) Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment

AUDIT/AUDIT-C (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test)

DAST (Drug Abuse Screening Test)

CAGE and CAGE-AID and UNCOPE: ETOH (+/- other drug use)

: Screening and Assessment for Family Engagement, Retention and Recovery


Resources on advocacy

Earnest, Mark A. MD, PhD; Wong, Shale L. MD, MSPH; Federico, Steven G. MD Perspective: Physician Advocacy: What Is It and How Do We Do It?, Academic Medicine: January 2010 - Volume 85 - Issue 1 - p 63-67 doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181c40d40


Resources for patients:



Guest: Dr. Chwen-Yuen Angie Chen

Co-hosts/Producers: Dr. Britt盲ne Parker, Dr. Marianne Parshley

Executive Producer: Dr. Tammy Lin 

Co-Executive Producers: Dr. Pooja Jaeel, Dr. Tiffany Leung

Senior Producers: Dr. Maggie Kozman, Dr. DJ Gaines

Editor/Assistant Producer: Joanna Jain

Production Assistants: Alexandra Babakanian, Ann Truong, Likitha Aradhyula

Website/Art Design: Ann Truong

Music: Chris Dingman

Disclaimer: The DEI Shift podcast and its guests provide general information and entertainment, but not medical advice. Before making any changes to your medical treatment or execution of your treatment plan, please consult with your doctor or personal medical team. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by The DEI Shift. The views expressed by guests are their own, and their appearance on the podcast does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by The DEI Shift team are those of each individual, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The DEI Shift team and its guests, employers, sponsors, or organizations we are affiliated with.

Season 3 of The DEI Shift podcast is proudly sponsored by the 管家婆心水论坛 Southern California Region III Chapter

The DEI Shift theme music is by Chris Dingman. Learn more at .

Contact us: thedeishift@gmail.com, @thedeishift, thedeishift.com


Marianne Parshley, MD, FACP 鈥 co-host

Brittane Parker, MD, FACP 鈥 co-host

Chwen-Yuen Angie Chen, MD, FACP 鈥 guest

Joanna Jain 鈥 editor/assistant producer

Alexandra Babakanian 鈥 production assistant

Ann Truong 鈥 production assistant

Likitha Aradhyula 鈥 production assistant

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Pooja Jaeel, MD, ACP Member - staff

Tammy Lin, MD, MPH, FACP - staff

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Release Date: November 12, 2021

Expiration Date: November 12, 2024

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