The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is an organization whose 3,000 members are all doctors. The purpose of the group is to establish addiction medicine as a medical specialty, increase access to addiction treatment, support research and prevention of addictions and promote the role of the doctor in the treatment of addiction. In order to become a fellow of the ASAM, you have to be a member for five years, complete a certification process and contribute to the field of addiction medicine both through the society and outside of it.
Dr. Ruth Fox founded the Society in 1976, and today its long-range goal remains “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”. Addiction medicine is not yet recognized as a specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties. However, the American Medical Association has designated addiction medicine as a specialty.