Our Initiatives

In America, addiction to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs (including some prescription medications) is the leading cause of preventable illness and death, a significant generator of healthcare costs, a major source of social and public health problems, and the cause of suffering for millions.

The Addiction Medicine Foundation work is structured through multi-year programs known as Strategic Initiatives. Each strategic initiative includes a range of activities from Fellowship Program development and specialty recognition to key dialogues with policy makers and capacity building institutes.

65 Fellowships by 2020, or 125 by 2025

The Addiction Medicine Foundation serves as a catalyst to secure sustaining support for sixty five Addiction Medicine Fellowship training programs. Our success will mean that in the future, at all points of entry to the health care system, patients and families will have access to treatment for addictive disorders and the medical and psychiatric consequences related to the use of alcohol, tobacco and other addicting drugs – in physicians’ offices, community clinics, emergency rooms, trauma centers, hospitals and other health care settings.

Medical Specialty Recognition

The goal of The Addiction Medicine Foundation is to gain recognition of Addiction Medicine as a medical specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The ABMS, established in 1933, is a not-for-profit organization comprising 24 medical specialty Member Boards, and is the preeminent entity overseeing the certification of physician specialists in the United States. The ABMS is the leader in improving the safety and quality of medical care through its policies and the physician certification processes of the ABMS Member Boards.

National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine

The National Center has been established at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo’s Department of Family Medicine (University at Buffalo). The National Centers goal is to develop a “National Infrastructure for Translating Addiction Research into Clinical Practice”.

Recommended Action in Medical Practice for Prevention of and Early Intervention for Substance Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults

The Addiction Medicine Foundation convened a meeting at Yale University in July 2015 with key leaders in pediatrics, adolescent and addiction medicine. The purpose of the meeting was to address the need for primary care providers to intervene with their patients in the prevention of substance use and do it in a comprehensive and effective manner that is consistent across medicine. The consensus emerging from that meeting was recommended action in medical practice for prevention of and early intervention for substance use among adolescents and young adults that can be employed across medicine. Also included are recommended curricular materials to support this messaging.

Identifying and Responding to Substance Use among Adolescents and Young Adults: A Compendium of Resources for Medical Practice

This Compendium has been prepared for addiction medicine faculty and primary care providers. It provides links to screening tools, brief intervention guides and education and training materials that have been developed by a wide variety of institutions, organizations and medical practitioners for use with patients of varying ages.


  • Catalyst Role in Addiction Medicine

    One of our goals is to achieve sustainable support for sixty-five (65) resident training programs by 2020, or 125 by 2025.  Our financial resources will be used as a catalyst to create sustainable support at the local level through “seed/empowerment” grants and other activities to advance addiction medicine at each site.  Learn how you can be a part of this important initiative.