Board of Directors
Nicole Labor, DO, FASAM
Director At Large
Nicole Labor, DO, FASAM graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's in Biobehavioral Health and attended LECOM where she earned her DO. Residency in family medicine took place in Buffalo, NT (SUNY) followed by a fellowship in addiction medicine at Marworth, through Geisinger.
Dr. Labor started her addiction career by working with Summa in Akron, OH at the Ignatia hall detox unit, essentially following in the footsteps of Dr. Bob Smith, co-founder of Alcoholics anonymous. While in Akron, the birthplace of AA, Dr. Labor cultivated relationships with community treatment centers all over northeast Ohio. Dr. Labor is known for her work within the community to reduce the stigma of addiction and provide evidence-based care to patients with SUD.
Dr. Labor is married and lives with her husband and daughter on a small hobby farm in Seville OH. She works as medical director of several SUD/behavioral health facilities and has written a best-selling book about addiction as well as co-written a companion workbook. She is in abstinence-based recovery since 2005.
Candidate Questionnaire Responses
1. What have been your greatest contributions to ASAM or to the field of addiction medicine over the last 10 years?
I have written a book about addiction that is sold all over the world and has been translated into Spanish. I have served on the governance committee for the Ohio chapter of ASAM for the past year. I have done training for trainers with ASAM for the DATA2000 waiver and have facilitated several trainings of other providers.
I have provided trainings on the ASAM-CARF union for ASAM. I am a member of the STR-TA consortium for the state of Ohio. I co-founded the addiction medicine fellowship for Summa in 2015 through ABAM and facilitated the ACGME approval of same fellowship when the option became available.
I served on a committee with ABAM to review the national board exam questions. I have written the back cover of the Opiates Anonymous basic textbook. I lecture extensively throughout the state of Ohio to enhance understanding of the disease state of addiction and reduce stigma.
2. How would your election to the ASAM Board of Directors benefit ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?
I would like to say something about how my experience with recovery from addiction gives me a unique perspective and so forth, but I am not convinced it is that unique. I have extensive experience treating SUD in every setting I can think of from hospital-based detox and medical consultation to community and clinically based detox, outpatient, MAT, residential, level 2 and 3 recovery housing, and harm reduction as well as special populations like pregnant women.
I also believe that I have a skill set that allows me to take complex information and reformulate it into something that virtually any adult can understand. I am not certain that skill would be useful to ASAM, but it has been useful to the communities where I spend a good deal of time educating.