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American Society of Addiction Medicine Recognizes National Recovery Month

by ASAM Staff | Sep 25, 2018

Rockville, MD (September 25, 2018) - The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) today announced it is a proud partner of National Recovery Month. ASAM is honored to recognize September as National Recovery Month and support all those in recovery.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and observed every September, National Recovery Month raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brain that impacts an individual’s reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. 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.

“The process of recovery is neither easy nor short – but it is possible, and ASAM is committed to supporting patients on this journey by advocating for access to evidence-based addiction treatment and recovery services that are proven to work,” said Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, DFASAM, president of ASAM. 

As the nation’s leading physician-led community for those who prevent, treat, and promote remission and recovery for the disease of addiction, ASAM is proud to acknowledge those in recovery and provide resources for continuing the innovation, advancement, and implementation of addiction science and care. ASAM recently reaffirmed this commitment in its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, which outlined ASAM’s vision of a “future where addiction prevention, treatment, remission and recovery are accessible to all.” To advance this goal, ASAM will continue to set standards, pioneer research, educate professionals and the public, and challenge stigma surrounding the disease of addiction.

Throughout the month of September, SAMHSA will be hosting a series of Recovery Month events around the country. Click here to find an event near you.

For more information about the American Society of Addiction Medicine, please visit www.ASAM.org.

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About ASAM

The American Society of Addiction Medicine, founded in 1954, is a professional society representing over 6,100 physicians, clinicians, and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction. For more information, visit www.ASAM.org 

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Christine Merrifield

P: 301.547.4140 | E: cmerrifield@ASAM.org

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American Society of Addiction Medicine Recognizes National Recovery Month

by ASAM Staff | Sep 25, 2018

Rockville, MD (September 25, 2018) - The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) today announced it is a proud partner of National Recovery Month. ASAM is honored to recognize September as National Recovery Month and support all those in recovery.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and observed every September, National Recovery Month raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brain that impacts an individual’s reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. 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.

“The process of recovery is neither easy nor short – but it is possible, and ASAM is committed to supporting patients on this journey by advocating for access to evidence-based addiction treatment and recovery services that are proven to work,” said Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, DFASAM, president of ASAM. 

As the nation’s leading physician-led community for those who prevent, treat, and promote remission and recovery for the disease of addiction, ASAM is proud to acknowledge those in recovery and provide resources for continuing the innovation, advancement, and implementation of addiction science and care. ASAM recently reaffirmed this commitment in its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, which outlined ASAM’s vision of a “future where addiction prevention, treatment, remission and recovery are accessible to all.” To advance this goal, ASAM will continue to set standards, pioneer research, educate professionals and the public, and challenge stigma surrounding the disease of addiction.

Throughout the month of September, SAMHSA will be hosting a series of Recovery Month events around the country. Click here to find an event near you.

For more information about the American Society of Addiction Medicine, please visit www.ASAM.org.

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About ASAM

The American Society of Addiction Medicine, founded in 1954, is a professional society representing over 6,100 physicians, clinicians, and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction. For more information, visit www.ASAM.org 

Media Contact:

Christine Merrifield

P: 301.547.4140 | E: cmerrifield@ASAM.org

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Review Course 2019

The ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine is widely recognized as the essential primer for physicians preparing for the ABPM Addiction Medicine Exam and primary care providers who wish to increase their skills in identifying and managing patients whose medical problems are caused or exacerbated by substance use disorders. 

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MOC Guide

Considering a career in Addiction Medicine or expanding your practice services?

Physicians who have a primary ABMS board may apply to take the ABPM Addiction Medicine exam to become or continue to be an addiction medicine specialist. This specific pathway will expire in 2021. Download the NEW ASAM Information Guide on Certification and MOC.

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Opportunities

ASAM invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of The ASAM Criteria

The ASAM Criteria® is the most widely used set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. The ongoing advances in the addiction medicine field and lessons learned from real-world implementations of The ASAM Criteria call for more regular updates to these guidelines.

The Editor-in-Chief is expected to participate in the development and execution of a process for reviewing data from real-world implementations of the ASAM Criteria, including the ASAM CONTINUUM Software, and working with the editorial team to make empirically-driven revisions of the ASAM Criteria text.

Interested individuals are referred to the position description online at https://www.asam.org/about-us/jobs/editor-in-chief-the-asam-criteria for detailed information about qualifications, duties, and responsibilities.

Applications for this position must be received by close of business on June 6, 2019.

New Resources

JAM Podcast
 
In episode eleven of Addiction Medicine: Beyond the Abstract, we are joined by Dr. Honora Englander, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and the Director and Principal Investigator of the Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT). In her recent article, Dr. Englander and her colleagues discuss using hospitalization as a "reachable moment" for highly vulnerable patients who are not engaged in treatment elsewhere and utilizing the IMPACT team in this process.

 

Journal of Addiction Medicine March/April 2019, Volume 13, Issue 2;

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