Dr. William Leach of Longwood, Florida: Specializing in Addiction Medicine

Dr. William Leach is an experienced addiction medicine practitioner. He completed a fellowship in the subject at the University of Florida and holds board certification from the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM).

Addiction medicine focuses on screening for, treating, and preventing addiction and substance abuse. Specialist physicians in the subject are certified by the ABAM, which requires them to show competence in several areas of care, including diagnosing and screening for health issues related to addiction and substance use, accurately conducting patient histories, and detecting physical signs of intoxication, acute substance use, withdrawal, and chronic use of substances. Physicians specializing in addiction medicine also receive training in communication to ensure that they approach their patients in a nonjudgmental, respectful manner, utilize accurate nomenclature that does not stigmatize the patient, and be firm and structured with patients when necessary.