About Us

Seattle leaders Dr. Robert Day and Cynthia “CJ” Taylor started the Science and Management of Addictions (SAMA) Foundation after years of struggle to find effective treatment for their drug addicted teenage daughter. Dr. Day, President and Director Emeritus of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and CJ Taylor, Founding Executive Director of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Puget Sound Affiliate, were struck by the lack of resources and treatment options for adolescent substance addiction, and concerned that local laws and insurance practices discouraged the development of services for this patient population. While treatment for diseases such as cancer, asthma, depression, heart disease and others has grown by leaps and bounds in the past ten years, treatment for substance addiction has developed much more slowly, hindered by lack of funding, societal stigma, and absence of energized and organized patient advocacy groups.

SAMA is a privately funded non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington with the goal of improving the management as well as the science of substance addiction. Realizing the gap in services for adolescents, our primary goals are to improve early detection and treatment of substance addictions, and to expand resources for the families of drug addicted teens. Through helping and empowering parents to recognize substance abuse early and assist in its treatment as soon as it is recognized, we hope to help teenagers avoid the disabling physical, emotional, and behavioral effects of substance addiction.

In August 2011, we marked the passing of CJ Taylor, a SAMA founder, champion and friend, after a long battle with cancer. CJ was a luminary in Seattle’s philanthropic world. Her dedication to public health and the fight against youth substance addiction will continue to impact lives for years to come. Read more about CJ here

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