The mission of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is to increase access to, and improve the quality of, addiction treatment; to educate physicians, including medical and osteopathie students, other health care providers, and the public; to support research and prevention as well as 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.

Ruth Fox (1895–1989) was the founder of the ASAM. In the early 1950s at the New York Academy of Medicine, Fox established regular meetings with other physicians interested in alcoholism and its treatment. In 1954, these physicians established the New ...

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