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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.
ASAM Advocacy Leadership
Four Big Ideas for the 118th Congress
Drawing on four big, unifying ideas, a panel of treatment and recovery experts from around the country, including ASAM's Dr. Brian Hurley, came together in May of 2023 to discuss innovative ways the 118th Congress can build on the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act of 2018 and save lives.Read it here
Advocacy Year in Review
The 2022 ASAM Advocacy Year in Review summarizes ASAM's advocacy efforts throughout 2022.Read it here
Advocacy eLearning Center
Recordings of past advocacy webinars, policy sessions, and trainings, as well as related briefs and guides.Visit the eLearning Center
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