ASAM Applauds Release of IOM Report; Offers to Help Implement Report Findings

News Concurrent With IOM Release of Report on

Healthcare for Mental Illness and Addictions

Nov 01, 2005, 00:00 ET from American Society of Addiction Medicine

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Addiction
 Medicine (ASAM) today expressed its support for recommendations of the
 Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report on improving health care for mental
 health and substance-use conditions.  The IOM report, the result of a follow-
 up study to the 2001 IOM report, "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health
 System for the 21st Century," was released today.
     "ASAM is eager to help bridge the quality chasm in addiction and mental
 health care," said ASAM President Elizabeth F. Howell, M.D.  "We applaud this
 study and the resulting report and we are prepared to follow with specific
 responses and contributions on its recommendations."
     Addiction is a chronic disease that is treatable like many other chronic
 diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension or asthma, Dr. Howell said.
     "A major need in our current healthcare system can be addressed by better
 educating the public and the policy-makers about the nature of addiction and
 the availability of effective treatments," Dr. Howell added. "Most people are
 yet to appreciate the positive effects that our healthcare system, economy and
 society could enjoy with better understanding and more adequate treatment of
 this disease."
     The American Society of Addiction Medicine is an association of physicians
 dedicated to improving the treatment of alcoholism and other addictions,
 educating physicians and medical students, promoting research and prevention,
 and enlightening the medical community and public about these issues.
     ASAM physicians are multidisciplinary and can be found working in any
 number of specialties and primary care settings, from hospitals to private
 practices, to public health clinics.  The breadth and diversity of ASAM's
 membership give the organization a unique advantage in carrying the message of
 the latest IOM report into the public and private sectors.  ASAM is already
 participating with the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency in a
 campaign to educate the public on problems in our health care system that are
 engendered by inadequate understanding and treatment of the disease of
     For more information on the American Society of Addiction Medicine, please
     CONTACT: Alexis Geier-Horan of American Society of Addiction Medicine,
 +1-301-656-3920, or

SOURCE American Society of Addiction Medicine