About Us

About ASAM

ASAM is a professional society representing over 3,400 physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment; educating physicians, other medical professionals and the public; supporting research and prevention; and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.

ASAM Year in Review - New!

Learn what ASAM has been doing to help you and your practice - Connect • Advocate • Educate • Treat

The ASAM 2014 Year in Review

ASAM Mission

  • increase access to and improve the quality of addiction treatment;
  • to educate physicians (including medical and osteopathic students), other health care providers and the public;
  • to support research and prevention;
  • to promote the appropriate role of the physician in the care of patients with addiction;
  • and to establish addiction medicine as a specialty recognized by professional organizations, governments, physicians, purchasers and consumers of health care services, and the general public.

ASAM History

Milestones in ASAM’s history.

ASAM’s Founder Ruth Fox
Timeline of ASAM History
Past Presidents
The ASAM Annual Conference (formerly the Annual Medical-Scientific Conference)

Definition of Addiction (Short Version)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one's behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

ASAM's Full Definition of Addiction

Who we are

The Board of Directors, rosters for ASAM Councils, Committees, Action Groups & Workgroups, etc.

Ruth Fox Scholarships
Fellows of ASAM (FASAM)
2014 Election

ASAM's Constitution and Bylaws

Constitution and Bylaws


Support Catalog

Jobs at ASAM

Learn more about employment opportunities and the benefits of working for ASAM in its Washington DC-area location.

ASAM Workplace

Informational Areas

Learn more about ASAM CME, education programs, publications, advocacy, policy, guidelines and membership.

CME and Conferences

ASAM Publications and Year in Review

Research current health-related court cases and learn how the ASAM's advocacy efforts extend to legal issues.

The 2014 ASAM Year in Review
Publications Home Page
The ASAM Criteria
Principles of Addiction Medicine
Principles of Addiction Medicine: The Essentials
Journal of Addiction Medicine
ASAM Magazine
ASAM Weekly

Award recognition programs

Awards Program
ASAM Fellow Program