How ISAM began
On April 16, 1998, 25 physician representatives from 11 countries, from North and South America, Europe and Asia, met in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA to develop an international collaboration to promote the role of addiction medicine in addressing the problems of alcohol and drug abuse. At that meeting, they discussed their respective and common needs with regards to this joint effort and considered options for an organizational structure which would allow them to address those needs. The following statement of mission for this initiative emerged in these discussions.
An international collaboration of physicians in addiction medicine can accomplish certain ends, which are not easily achieved in the respective national settings by individual participants.