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  • June 7, 2021

    Getting to Know ASAM’s New President

    The retired US Navy Reserve captain said there’s a lot that excites him about his new role. There’s also a lot of work ahead for him and ASAM.
  • June 4, 2021

    Revisiting ASAM's Commitment to Addressing Racial Injustice and Health Disparities

    ASAM acknowledges that there is more work to be done. As we continue our journey, we call on our members to continue to share their questions, suggestions, and experiences, as we build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization—and society.
  • June 4, 2021

    An Unplanned Journey into Treating Addiction

    The more she examined the field of addiction medicine, Dr. Lembke was drawn to the culture of humility among physicians in recovery, many of whom she learned had dedicated their careers to helping others through addiction. She also appreciated the spiritual aspects of addiction treatment that she often witnessed.

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.



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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. 

Download here