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Mission, Vision, & Values


The Yale Program in Addiction Medicine works to expand access to and improve the effectiveness of prevention, treatment, and harm reduction services for people with unhealthy substance use and those with addiction. Our program operates across four key pillars: Clinical Practice, Research, Education, and Policy.

  • We provide evidence-based clinical care to people with unhealthy substance use and addiction in outpatient, inpatient, community settings and general medical settings
  • We engage in rigorous and innovative research to advance the treatment of, as well as prevention and harm reduction strategies for, addiction and its related conditions.
  • We train and educate the next generation of addiction specialists spanning medicine, nursing, public health, and allied health professions
  • We advise and advocate at the local, state, and national levels to enact legislation, regulations, and best practices that will enhance access to equitable, high quality care for the communities we serve
Our research and services address a wide range of subject matter, including but not limited to

  • Addictive disorders involving opioids, alcohol, benzodiazepines, cannabis, tobacco, and other substances
  • Addiction treatment in general and specialty outpatient settings, including primary care,
  • Emergency departments, HIV clinics, women’s centers, and hepatology clinics
  • Addiction treatment in hospital settings
  • Improving access to, and optimizing the quality of addiction treatment
  • Evidence-based addiction and substance use policies
  • Novel educational interventions
  • Assessment and treatment of pain, HIV, Hepatitis C, and other complications of addiction
  • Overdose prevention and response
  • Partnerships with community organizations and other stakeholders focused on prevention and treatment of unhealthy substance use
  • Guidelines for controlled substance prescribing
  • Community violence, unhealthy substance use and addiction
  • Social and structural determinants of unhealthy substance use and addiction
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in unhealthy substance use and addiction treatment
  • Harm reduction
  • Combating stigma and addressing common misconceptions about substance use and addiction
  • Health risk and prevention of substance use in youth
  • Substance use, incarceration, and re-entry
  • Substance use in pregnancy and parenting
  • Substance use, addiction, and homelessness
  • Substance use, addiction, and sex work