ASAM Advocacy Principles
A commitment to removing the stigmas associated with addiction and helping change the narrative doesn't just involve lobbying; it includes public outreach that includes working with medical experts ranging from healthcare administrators to nurses and counselors.
- Addiction policy should be guided by — and promote the use of — the latest science and best practices in addiction prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery.
- People with addiction deserve compassionate, evidence-based care that addresses the chronic nature of the disease of addiction.
- Strategic and multifaceted policy solutions are needed to drive the development of a more accessible, effective, robust, and comprehensive addiction prevention and treatment infrastructure.
- Policies and payment systems should ensure equitable access to comprehensive, high-quality addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
- Policy should challenge, rather than enforce, cultural misunderstanding, stigma and discrimination about addiction.
- Addiction policy and advocacy should respect and integrate the perspectives of people with addiction and their families.
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