The American Society of Addiction Medicine
Strategic Plan 2006-2010
The American Society of Addiction Medicine’s mission is to increase access to and
improve the quality of addiction treatment; to educate physicians (including medical
and osteopathic students), other health care providers and the public; to support
research and prevention; to promote the appropriate role of the physician in the
care of patients with addiction; and to establish addiction medicine as a primary
specialty recognized by professional organizations, governments, physicians,
purchasers and consumers of health care services, and the general public.
ASAM’s Core Purpose
To improve the care and treatment of people with the disease of addiction and
advance the practice of Addiction Medicine.
ASAM’s Core Values
Evidenced in optimism about change, promoting the mission,
acceptance of the achievable, and perseverance in pursuit of the
Evidenced in dedication to the service and spirit of optimal
medical care of the disease of addiction and its complications.
Evidenced in empathy for the human condition and
uncompromised commitment to those affected by addictive illness.
Evidenced in inclusion of a diversity of medical specialists among
our members and a diversity of treatments to assist our patients.
Evidenced in boldly speaking up on behalf of persons with the
disease of addiction, including impaired health care professionals.
Evidenced in collegiality among members whenever we meet, and
in synergistic collaborations with other organizations to achieve
ASAM’s Envisioned Future
To be the medical association recognized by all parties as the primary
organization assuring that optimal treatment is available to and
provided for all patients with the disease of addiction.
For Patients/For the General Public
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