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  • July 12, 2021

    AMA CPT Editorial Panel Approves New Codes for Digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    At its May 2021 meeting, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)® Editorial Panel created two new category III CPT codes for digital cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) services, a step forward toward creating a structure that will allow patients to access these therapies.
  • July 6, 2021

    ASAM Weighs in on ONDCP’s 2022 National Drug Control Strategy

    ASAM provided input on the Office of National Drug Control Policy's (ONDCP) 2022 National Drug Control Strategy by urging ONDCP to take action to strengthen the addiction medicine workforce, standardize the delivery of individualized addiction care, ensure equitable access and coverage for comprehensive, high-quality addiction care, and reduce barriers to accessing evidence-based addiction treatment.
  • July 1, 2021

    Our Words Have the Power to Hurt or Heal

    “It costs nothing to change our language, except for time and intention,” Dr. Hendrée Jones said. “There’s a relationship between positive words and better patient outcomes. There’s a huge payoff and very little risk. What do we have to lose?”

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Watch: Improving the Language and Coverage of Addiction

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National Press Training - Understanding Addiction

Thank you to the reporters and outlets who attended our 49th Annual Conference and National Press Foundation training in 2018. Our purpose was to increase journalists' knowledge of complex issues surrounding the opioid epidemic in order to improve public understanding.

If you click on any module in the link below, you will find audio, text, slides, photos and selected 5-minute videos from each session.

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Words Matter

Terms to Use and Avoid When Talking About Addiction 

This handout provided by NIDA offers background information and tips for providers to keep in mind while using person-frst language, as well as terms to avoid to reduce stigma and negative bias when discussing addiction. 

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