American Society of Addiciton Medicine

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ASAM is dedicated to improving access to evidence-based addiction treatment through our national advocacy efforts.

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ASAM Advocacy Principles


ASAM envisions a future when addiction prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery are readily available to everyone, profoundly improving the wellbeing of all people. Part of ASAM's mission involves advocating for addiction treatment and people with addiction by advancing policy at national, state, and local levels.


ASAM Principles

The following principles guide our advocacy and shape ASAM's addiction advocacy priorities:
  • 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.

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Advocacy Year in Review

The 2023 ASAM Advocacy Year in Review summarizes ASAM's advocacy efforts throughout 2023.

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Advocacy eLearning Center

Recordings of past advocacy webinars, policy sessions, and trainings, as well as related briefs and guides.

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