WELCOME TO VCAM
We are a team of Addiction Medicine experts committed to saving lives.
The Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine experts is an exceptional, physician-led addiction treatment program in Richmond, Virginia, founded by Dr. James Thompson, one of Richmond’s first board certified Addiction Medicine physicians to be named a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Dr. Sherman Master, a renowned pioneer in Addiction Psychiatry and one of the most trusted and respected physicians in the region. Our strategy is to offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to each case that draws on the expertise of an array of experienced addiction counselors and therapists. We are the first physician led practice to hire and fully utilize Recovery Coaches as personal patient helpers, guides, teachers and care navigators. The Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine makes addiction treatment accessible, understandable and affordable.
VCAM is our creation, the sum of our experiences and knowledge of the field.
Our goal is your recovery. Our aim is healing.
The most trusted & experienced addiction treatment team in Virginia.
Your treatment plan is individually tailored to fit your recovery needs.
Getting help has never been easier. Contact us today.
Addiction is a cunning and relentless enemy and we’ve got to be willing to use whatever means we have to save our patients from it.
"Addiction is wreaking such devastation in our communities that we should no longer accept the status quo when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. As physicians we were trained to understand that addiction is a disease – but if so, why aren’t physicians treating it? In light of how huge a problem addiction really is, we have been essentially absent from the fight.
Addiction is mysterious – a disease of the mind that wreaks such physical havoc on the body, it is genetically driven but behavioral in manifestation. It can’t be seen in a microscope or on CT or MRI, it can’t be measured in a lab test; it doesn’t fit into our existing categories nor does it have clearly defined medical or surgical therapies. But we physicians must no longer let our uncertainty about how to understand and treat addiction, or our discomfort with
getting involved with our patient’s ‘personal issues,’ keep us on the sidelines any longer.
For years, we have dealt with the devastating effects of addiction, the accidents, overdoses and infections. We’ve done some very good work and saved many lives but some of us have had to fight off an empty feeling of futility because we know we haven’t removed the cancer. What great thing are we really doing in patching up the drunk driver on the trauma unit or rescuing the accidental overdose in the ICU, if we know that we aren’t even addressing the underlying problem? So it’s time for us to join the fight, however we can, and find ways to treat this very deadly and very real disease."
- Dr. James Thompson
The idea that addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease with a biological basis has been an accepted part of orthodox, mainstream medical education for decades. Yet, the world of addiction treatment has always existed outside of the interconnected system of mainstream medical practice. Inspired and guided by the American Society for Addiction Medicine, our center was created to step into that gap and to bridge the divide. And we believe it to be just the right thing, just in the nick of time.
At VCAM we are ready to step into the breach, to use every tool that has been proven to work, to seek help from our colleagues trained in other disciplines, and to encourage and promote the spiritual principles of recovery. Our goal is not just to treat but also to heal and to help our patients find the joy and freedom of recovery.