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 addiction. For more information on the American Society of Addiction Medicine, please see http://www.asam.org. CONTACT: Alexis Geier-Horan of American Society of Addiction Medicine, +1-301-656-3920, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE American Society of Addiction Medicine