American Society of Addiciton Medicine

Development and Expansion — 1960s

Outpatient treatment centers, which gained traction in the 1960s, incorporated multimodal approaches to treatment; these included ACCEPT (the first voluntary clinic in the New York City area); the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco; the Beacon Hill Free Clinic in Boston; and the Illinois Drug Abuse Program. In addition to focusing on patient treatment models during the 1940s through 1960s, medical professionals interested in addiction medicine began devising new educational approaches for current and future physicians seeking to learn more about how to help their patients with substance use disorders.