About ASAM

The following resources will help you effectively communicate to policymakers ASAM's mission and priorities as an organization, as well as how ASAM defines addiction.

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ASAM's Mission

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

ASAM's Definition of Addiction