The Mission of American Society of Addiction Medicine: Raising awareness of the dangers of addiction and working to improve the practice of addiction medicine so addicts have access to the resources and medical care they need to overcome their addictions.
ASAM, founded in 1954, is a professional society representing over 3,700 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. ASAM membership offers the opportunity to develop public policies, design continuing education programs, educate legislators, network with peers and attend world-renowned courses in the field of addiction medicine.
ASAM has 39 state and regional chapters throughout the United States that involve members in local activities, education and state advocacy efforts. ASAM has been an ACME-accredited provider of continuing education since 1977, and is a recognized leader in the planning and presentation of educational events in the addiction field. ASAM’s educational programs prepare physicians and clinicians to translate the power of science into high-quality services for patients, their families, and communities. Through its publications, journal, textbooks, and educational programs, ASAM addresses the most fundamental questions about addiction, ranging from helping physicians and clinicians understand how drugs act on the brain; fostering the dissemination and adoption of new treatment interventions; responding to emerging problems such as the misuse of prescription drugs.