American Society of Addiciton Medicine

Patient Resources


Patient Resources

What is the definition of addiction?

Ƶ is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. 

Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases. 

What is an Ƶ Specialist?

Ƶ specialists are addiction medicine physicians and addiction psychiatrists who hold either subspecialty board certification in addiction medicine.

How to find an Ƶ Specialist?

To find an ASAM physician, search the  ASAM Physician Directory. 

Every person has different needs when it comes to addiction treatment. By starting at the right level of care you can greatly increase the chances of success.

Take this free 

Opioid Ƶ 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 treat 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.

For bulk orders or customized printing of the guide, contact Chris at 386.383.4296 and cwise@guidelinecentral.com.


Tratamiento de la adicción a los opioides: una guía para pacientes, familiares y amigos

For bulk orders or customized printing of the guide contact Chris at 386.383.4296 and cwise@guidelinecentral.com

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 Ƶ and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

How to Find Treatment 

Patient and Family Support Groups

This is not a complete list. Listing here does not mean the Ƶ (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.




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