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ASAM Publishes Standards of Care for Physicians Treating Addiction

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has released comprehensive Standards of Care for the Addiction Specialist Physician. Drafted by a panel of addiction treatment providers, researchers and clinical outcomes experts, the document details essential treatment standards that should be met by physicians who manage or oversee the care of patients with addiction and related disorders.

According to ASAM, nearly one in 10 Americans suffers from a substance use disorder and the related consequences of the disease. Many state and federal lawmakers have declared that addiction is at epidemic levels nationwide and that treatment is a necessary component of any demand reduction strategy.

“Disseminating standards of care is only a first step toward improving addiction treatment outcomes,” said Dr. Margaret Jarvis, chair of ASAM’s Standards Expert Panel. “ASAM looks forward to a collaborative effort among addiction physician specialty and primary care associations and boards, and the federal agencies that help advance addiction treatment, to encourage the wide adoption of these standards in everyday practice.”