ASAM stands for the American Society of Addictive Medicine. This professional society represents over 6,600 physicians, clinicians, and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. Founded in 1954, ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients struggling with alcohol and substance abuse. The ASAM Criteria structures multidimensional assessment around the six dimensions to provide a common language of holistic and biopsychosocial assessment across addiction treatment. This also includes physical health and mental health treatment services, which address the spiritual issues relevant to recovery.