For Members

Welcome to the Virginia Society of Addiction Medicine (VASAM)



The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) issued a Chapter Charter for the Virginia Society of Addiction Medicine on April 20, 1996.  Learn more about VASAM Membership.



The mission of VASAM is to provide a medium for Virginia physicians and medical trainees with special interests in addiction medicine to meet and address issues of mutual interest.


The purpose of VASAM shall be 

  • to enable networking with colleagues in addiction medicine
  • to provide closer liaison between VASAM members and the national activities of ASAM
  • to provide liaison to other Virginia physicians and physician societies regarding addiction medicine issues
  • to increase public awareness in Virginia about the existence and vitality of physician specialty of addiction medicine
  • to increase public awareness in Virginia about problems related to addiction
  • to promote professionalism in the delivery of services to patients with problems which result from addiction
  • to be a physician resource for state and national public policy issues that affect addiction medicine services and patients with addiction.


The goals of VASAM are to provide

  • a forum for sharing ideas between Virginia addictionists, especially regarding clinical management strategies and strategies for interfacing with managed care organizations
  • a vehicle for increased professionalism and higher quality information, prevention, training, and treatment regarding addiction problems
  • an enhancement of knowledge and attitudes amongst Virginia citizens and institutions about the primary nature of the disease of addiction
  • a channel for Virginia input into national standards of care in addiction medicine
  • a channel for Virginia input into health care reform initiatives
  • a vehicle for assisting Virginia physicians in recovery.