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 10 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 and science of substance addiction, while advocating for policies which support youth and families impacted by addiction.  Recognizing the gap in services for adolescents, SAMA works to improve early detection and treatment of substance addictions, and to expand resources for 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.

and treatment options for adolescent substance

Dr. Robert Day and Cynthia "CJ" Taylor Day

current programs

SAMA has teamed up with Seattle Public Schools to provide support and education within the schools.


SAMA's motto is Knowledge is Power (KIP).  Our KIP events support SAMA's  efforts to educate the community and increase awareness of the brain disease of addiction.  

Foundation History

Our founders

2005 SAMA awarded 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation status

2006 RSAF Project

2010Science and Management of Addictions offers outpatient services to youth and their families.

2012SAMA partners with local schools to provide substance abuse education, prevention and intervention support, including providing referral information to students and families in need.

mission & vision

SAMA's mission is to eliminate the brain disease of substance addiction in youth by advancing research, education, and treatment.

Seattle leaders, Dr. Robert Day and the late Cynthia ā€œCJā€ Taylor-Day, 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-Day, Founding Executive Director of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Puget Sound Affiliate, were struck by the lack of resources