Quality & Science

American Society of Addiction Medicine Recognizes National Recovery Month

by ASAM Staff | September 25, 2018

Rockville, MD (September 25, 2018) - The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) today announced it is a proud partner of National Recovery Month. ASAM is honored to recognize September as National Recovery Month and support all those in recovery.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and observed every September, National Recovery Month raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brain that impacts an individual’s reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. 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.

“The process of recovery is neither easy nor short – but it is possible, and ASAM is committed to supporting patients on this journey by advocating for access to evidence-based addiction treatment and recovery services that are proven to work,” said Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, DFASAM, president of ASAM. 

As the nation’s leading physician-led community for those who prevent, treat, and promote remission and recovery for the disease of addiction, ASAM is proud to acknowledge those in recovery and provide resources for continuing the innovation, advancement, and implementation of addiction science and care. ASAM recently reaffirmed this commitment in its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, which outlined ASAM’s vision of a “future where addiction prevention, treatment, remission and recovery are accessible to all.” To advance this goal, ASAM will continue to set standards, pioneer research, educate professionals and the public, and challenge stigma surrounding the disease of addiction.

Throughout the month of September, SAMHSA will be hosting a series of Recovery Month events around the country. Click here to find an event near you.

For more information about the American Society of Addiction Medicine, please visit www.ASAM.org.


About ASAM

The American Society of Addiction Medicine, founded in 1954, is a professional society representing over 6,100 physicians, clinicians, and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction. For more information, visit www.ASAM.org 

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