Quality & Science


  • September 3, 2020

    New Appointments for Education Committees and the Medical Education Council

    ASAM members continually get involved in ASAM initiatives in order to increase the qualified workforce of addiction medicine specialists. One way to do that is by joining various committees and councils. We congratulate the new appointments for Education Committees and the Medical Education Council and thank you for the work you do.
  • July 14, 2020

    AMA Ed Hub™ now offers ASAM educational activities

    The newly enhanced AMA Ed Hub™ offers physicians and their care teams access to educational activities developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Advocacy and Policy

ASAM Weekly Commentary

  • October 27, 2020

    Editorial Comment 10/27/2020: Moral Posture in Addiction Treatment

    Below, Jim Wahlberg (older brother to the Calvin Klein underwear idol, ”Don’t call me Marky!” Wahlberg), describes his and his son’s experiences of addiction and of recovery. In reading it, I was drawn to parallels between his arguably more-famous brother and those on either side of the national debate on “rights”: The more junior Wahlberg has himself gone through changes, evolutions in opinion and commitments, in the days since he led a boy band. People’s views may soften with education, experience, and development of character; and sometimes we discover that it is our views which want softening. - Editor-in-Chief: Dr. William Haning, MD, DFAPA, DFASAM
  • October 19, 2020

    Editorial Comment 10/20/2020: National Addiction Treatment Week, 19-25 October 2020

    My mother, who was Australian, found Americans intriguing yet illogical, and strangely misdirected in their sentimentality. She explored this experience by marrying my father in the middle of a world war, so you could not accuse her of lacking a spirit of adventure or of inability to tolerate ambiguity. But she never could quite come to grips with one consequence of American commercialism. “Why,” she would ask, “is there a Mother’s Day in this country. Yet, a national pickle month?” Much of the time I would fall back on my role as callow adolescent, or cynical young adult, and shrug my shoulders, or encourage her to worry about something more important, such as whether Nixon was going to be elected. The seeming lack of honor accorded mothers by yielding an entire month to bottled vegetables was never quite resolved in her lifetime. Despite this, she went ahead and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1970. I thought I finally had the answer for her, when, in 2001, the status of pickles appeared to have been downgraded to a National Pickle Day (November 14, in case you are interested: ). I was wrong. She was no slouch at research, and I was reminded that she had been a secretary in the Ministry of Defense when my father, on leave from New Guinea, first won her attention. She pointed out to me that the pickle had yielded nothing in this virtual combat for primacy, as there is still a national pickle month as well as, now, a day. - Editor-in-Chief: Dr. William Haning, MD, DFAPA, DFASAM
MOC Guide

Considering a Career in Addiction Medicine?

Physicians who have a primary ABMS board may apply to take the ABPM Addiction Medicine exam to become or continue to be an addiction medicine specialist. Get the latest updates click here.


Board Exam Study Tool

The ASAM Board Examination Study Tool (BEST) helps prepare physicians for the ABPM certification/re-certification examination utilizing an interactive and engaging format. Includes over 700 board-style self-assessment questions and developed, reviewed and mapped to the ABPM exam blueprint content areas by national experts. Learn More>>>

Alcohol withdrawl management

Guideline on Alcohol Withdrawal Management

The ASAM Guideline on Alcohol Withdrawal Management is intended to aid clinicians in their clinical decision making and management of patients experiencing alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

JAM Podcast

Journal of Addiction Medicine March/April 2020

In episode sixteen of Addiction Medicine: Beyond the Abstract, we are joined by Itai Danovitch, MD, MBA. He is the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In his paper, Dr. Danovitch discusses some of the challenges facing the study of opioid overdose events in the hospital setting. Click to listen