About Us

    HOW LSAM IS AT WORK FOR YOU:

    • Public and professional education on the biological disease of Addiction as defined by ASAM*.

    • True parity in payor reimbursement for addiction and mental health treatment

    • Improved accountability for inclusion of evidenced-based interventions in addiction treatment

    • Promoting increased access to evidence-based addiction treatment

    • Eliminating prior authorization requirements that are barriers to treatment

    • Public and professional education on opioid overdose rescue

    • Increased access to Naloxone

    • Prevention-oriented public education

    • Inclusion of methadone prescription records on LAPMP reports

    ASAM Short Definition of Addiction:

    Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

    Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.