In 2010, the Physician's Health Committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) embarked on a complete rewrite of existing policies related to addiction among professionals. These public policies characterized addiction in professionals, its treatment, long-term monitoring, and the importance of balanced, compassionate public policy to addiction among professionals, especially health care providers. In the spring of 2011, this group public policies was officially sanctioned by ASAM. I was privileged to be among the five authors of this important project.
Addiction treatment in professionals, especially health care professionals encompasses the most state of the art care. Successes in professionals’ treatment should be the blueprint for all addiction treatment in the United States.
This download contains all 11 existing public policies in their entirety. For more information about ASAM and its public policy procedure, consult the ASAM website: www.ASAM.org.