New Link: American Society of Addiction Medicine

Families with loved ones who have dual diagnoses (a severe mental illness and a substance abuse problem) need more help when trying to chart a rehabilitation course. Studies show better outcomes for such loved ones when both illnesses are treated together, an evidence-based practices called Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT). Another resource is the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). ASAM is a professional society representing close to 3,000 physicians (including some some psychiatrists) dedicated to increasing access and improving quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addictions. ASAM also sets the generally accepted criteria for addiction classificaitions, an important consideration for financing treatment, since most insurance companies fund on the basis of the “ASAM criteria”. ASAM has an online directory that family members can search for ASAM certified physicians in their area.

To see ASAM’s website, click here. To see all of PsychOdyssey’s national links, click here.

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