This growing collection of stories offers profound insights into the purpose of treating addiction. These stories highlight the positive impact treating addiction can have on a person, a family, a community, and a nation. We invite you to read these heartfelt stories and share your own.

Recently Added Stories

I treat addiction because as a doctor, a human being, and a father I have no choice.
William (Bill) Fritz, MD Surgeon ASAM member since 2017
We have the tools now to actively address this chronic disease.
Dr. Jan Widerman Pediatrician ASAM member since 2012
I feel privileged to help patients.
Dorothy Lennon, MD, DFASAM Family Medicine Physician ASAM member since 2004

Why I Treat Addiction

By joining the American Society of Addiction Medicine, you become a part of an innovative and growing professional community of over 7,000 members and 40 state chapters transforming addiction treatment and care.

ASAM is dedicated to enhancing your career and practice with transformative education on addiction treatment and opportunities for lasting connections with experts in the field.

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About ASAM

Founded in 1954, ASAM is a professional medical society representing over 7,000 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.