American Society of Addiciton Medicine

Media Relations & Resources



Media Relations & Resources

Connecting ASAM experts with the media on best practices for treating addiction involving opioids, alcohol, tobacco, stimulants, and other substances.

Media Relations

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ASAM can connect members of the media with leading addiction medicine and treatment experts and reliable resources. We can arrange interviews with experts who speak on best practices related to treating addiction with opioids, alcohol, tobacco, stimulants, and other substances. Please email the Media Relations team for expert availability at for the fastest response.

The Definition of Addiction

Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.  Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases. 

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Improving the Language of Addiction

The language that members of the media use in their reporting plays a significant role in reducing stigma surrounding addiction and overcoming this critical barrier to treatment.  Help us reduce stigma by using the following NIDAMed guidelines for language:


Improving the Language & Coverage of Addiction - ASAM - YouTube


The ASAM Weekly

The ASAM Weekly is a source of timely, useful news briefings of top stories for addiction medicine combined with ASAM developments in education, advocacy, state chapter news, and more. ASAM Weekly is a great way to keep informed and is delivered to the inboxes every Tuesday.


Understanding Addiction

National Press Foundation training on addiction provides informative and up-to-date on-demand background on addiction and treatment.  Explore a variety of relevant sessions led by leading experts in the field. 

Thank you to the reporters and outlets who attended our past Annual Conferences and National Press Foundation training. These training sessions increased journalists' knowledge of complex issues surrounding the opioid epidemic in order to improve public understanding.

Click here for on-demand online sessions.

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