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Short Definition of Addiction

by | Oct 21, 2019

This policy statement is archived and no longer considered active ASAM policy. Archived statements are available for historical purposes upon request. Please email Susan Awad at sawad@asam.org to request a copy of an archived policy statement.

 

New Definition: Adopted by the ASAM Board of Directors September 15, 2019 

Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. 

Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases. 

Read updated full definition.

 

Quality & Science

Short Definition of Addiction

by | Oct 21, 2019

This policy statement is archived and no longer considered active ASAM policy. Archived statements are available for historical purposes upon request. Please email Susan Awad at sawad@asam.org to request a copy of an archived policy statement.

 

New Definition: Adopted by the ASAM Board of Directors September 15, 2019 

Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. 

Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases. 

Read updated full definition.

 

Education

Short Definition of Addiction

by | Oct 21, 2019

This policy statement is archived and no longer considered active ASAM policy. Archived statements are available for historical purposes upon request. Please email Susan Awad at sawad@asam.org to request a copy of an archived policy statement.

 

New Definition: Adopted by the ASAM Board of Directors September 15, 2019 

Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. 

Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases. 

Read updated full definition.

 

Advocacy and Policy

Short Definition of Addiction

by | Oct 21, 2019

This policy statement is archived and no longer considered active ASAM policy. Archived statements are available for historical purposes upon request. Please email Susan Awad at sawad@asam.org to request a copy of an archived policy statement.

 

New Definition: Adopted by the ASAM Board of Directors September 15, 2019 

Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. 

Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases. 

Read updated full definition.

 

ASAM Weekly Commentary

Short Definition of Addiction

by | October 21, 2019

This policy statement is archived and no longer considered active ASAM policy. Archived statements are available for historical purposes upon request. Please email Susan Awad at sawad@asam.org to request a copy of an archived policy statement.

 

New Definition: Adopted by the ASAM Board of Directors September 15, 2019 

Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. 

Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases. 

Read updated full definition.

 

MOC Guide

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Journal of Addiction Medicine March/April 2020

In episode sixteen of Addiction Medicine: Beyond the Abstract, we are joined by Itai Danovitch, MD, MBA. He is the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In his paper, Dr. Danovitch discusses some of the challenges facing the study of opioid overdose events in the hospital setting. Click to listen