Patient Resources


Patient Resources

Addiction is a chronic disease, like diabetes or heart disease, meaning there is no cure. But addiction can be managed, and people with addiction can, and do, recover.

What is the definition of addiction?

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

What is an Addiction Specialist?

Addiction specialists are addiction medicine physicians and addiction psychiatrists who hold either subspecialty board certification in addiction medicine. Learn More

How to find an Addiction Specialist?

To find an ASAM member, search the ASAM Member Directory. Please note this search yields all ASAM members, not just physicians.

patient guide

Opioid Addiction Treatment: A Guide for Patients, Families and Friends

This patient guide includes information on assessment, treatment overview (including treatment plans, patient participation, and counseling), and all the medications available to treatment opioid use and overdose. It also provides links to find a provider and support groups for patients and families.

This guide is a useful tool for clinicians to provide to their patients and their families, along with a resource for pharmacies and patient groups looking to inform people about their options to treat the challenging disease of addiction involving opioid use.

Access the FREE guide here

For bulk orders or customized printing of the guide contact Chris at 386.383.4296 and



Understanding Medication in Addiction Treatment for Drug Court Participants

This pocket guide is for drug court participants who may be prescribed or considering medication as a part of addiction treatment, as well as their families and support systems, including peer mentors, recovery coaches, and peer recovery specialists. It was jointly produced by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Patient and Family Support Groups

This is not a complete list. Listing here does not mean the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) endorses any of the organizations.

Some support groups are for people with substance use disorders, and others allow families and friends to attend meetings or have separate meetings for them.

Dual Recovery Anonymous   913.991.2703

LifeRing   800.811.4142

Narcotics Anonymous 

National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment

National Alliance of Methadone Advocates  212.595.NAMA (6262)

Rational Recovery  530.621.4374

Secular Organizations for Sobriety  323.666.4295

SMART Recovery  866.951.5357

Women for Sobriety, Inc.  215.536.8026