Why I Treat Addiction – Stories Told by Our Members in Their Words

Each day, thousands of clinicians treat addiction. Just as all clinicians choose the healthcare profession for different reasons, each clinician has a unique story that reveals “why I treat addiction.” This growing collection of stories offers profound insights into the purpose of treating addiction. These open narratives 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.
As a NP, every day, I make a difference in the lives of people devastated by OUD.
Nancy Curran, NP Nurse Practitioner ASAM member since 2018
Once I started treating people with opioid dependence…, I knew I was called to treat addiction.
Molly Rutherford, MD, FASAM Family Medicine Physician ASAM member since 2009
I feel authentic helping patients through the process of long-term recovery.
Teresa Jackson, MD Addiction Specialist ASAM member since 2015
Witnessing…recovery has been one of the most inspiring parts of medical school.
Siva Sundaram Medical Student ASAM member since 2016