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  • 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.
  • June 1, 2021

    ASAM Supports H.R. 2503, the Social Determinants Accelerator Act of 2021

    ASAM sent a letter in support of H.R. 2503, the Social Determinants Accelerator Act of 2021, which would create an inter-agency technical advisory council on social determinants of health (SDOH) and a new federal grant program to assist state, local, and Tribal governments in tackling persistent economic and social conditions that impact the prevention and treatment of chronic medical conditions, including addiction.
  • May 24, 2021

    New FSMB Policy on Physician Health Shaped by ASAM Leaders

    ASAM leaders Dr. Yngvild Olsen and Dr. Jeff Selzer served as ASAM representatives and subject matter experts on the FSMB Workgroup that developed the newly approved Policy on Physician Illness and Impairment: Towards a Model that Optimizes Patient Safety and Physician Health.

The ASAM Weekly

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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