Quality & Science

  • April 12, 2021

    ASAM History though Photos and Illustrations

    We are writing a book about the history of ASAM and need our members help.
  • March 15, 2021

    Now Accepting Applicants for the Role of Statistical Editor

    Journal of Addiction Medicine (JAM) is accepting applications for Statistical Editors. Candidates must be familiar with scientific publishing, have a doctoral degree, and substantial knowledge of statistical methods.
  • January 14, 2021

    ASAM Quality and Science Committee Updates

    ASAM’s Quality Improvement Council (QIC) has convened a new subcommittee called the Terminology and Definitions (TAD) Subcommittee, ASAM’s Quality Improvement Council (QIC) has convened a new subcommittee called the Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) Oversight and Methodology Subcommittee, ASAM will be working in partnership with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) to develop clinical guidelines and protocols for withdrawal management in jail-based settings.


Advocacy and Policy

Other News

ASAM Weekly Commentary

  • May 11, 2021

    Editorial Comment 5/11/2021: This Week in the Weekly

    This Week in the Weekly… The federal government has been making some headlines: the Biden administration is extending a ban on fentanyl-like substances (NBC News), proposing a ban on menthol cigarettes (NY Times), and most importantly (especially if you were a little heartbroken back in January), HHS is relaxing the recommendations to prescribing buprenorphine ( - Editor-in-Chief: Nicholas Athanasiou, MD , MBA , FASAM
  • May 11, 2021

    Editorial Comment 5/11/2021: Addiction and The Law

    This week I have the remarkable opportunity to sit on a (virtual) dais sponsored by the American Bar Association, on endemic opioid use disorder. I get to bask in the rays of knowledge of many fine minds and assiduous pathfinders. Among these will be our own advocacy staff, who have been central to the writing of our opioid used disorder (OUD) treatment policy for correctional facilities, as well as policies for those among our membership seeking or needing assistance. Participating will be Presidents of the ABA, the AMA, the APA, and ASAM. It’s a pretty remarkable forum. And it stimulates attention to several websites, including ASAM’s own ASAM Treatment in Correction Settings Toolkit and the ASAM Public Policy Statement on Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Correctional Settings - Emeritus Editor: William Haning, MD, DFAPA, DFASAM
  • April 19, 2021

    Editorial Comment 4/20/2021: Drugs and Vaccines - Dr. Jenner Would Be Proud

    For some decades, Dr. Tom Kosten and associates have pursued the tantalizing possibility of a cocaine immunization, a vaccination that would result in the excretion or at least inactivation of the drug. This was taken less-seriously than was warranted by many at the time, largely from a failure among those many to understand the underlying principle – binding of a small molecule, cocaine, with a more recognizable and larger molecule, to template a vaccine. In the interval since his initial work, there have been many efforts to create similar immunizations, discussions of which I have sampled here. Most of these are journalistic essays but provide a quick snapshot of the intentions, and the relative successes, for a variety of drug classes. This was brought to mind by two associations: Dr. Athanasiou’s reminder that April 20, or “420” is a banner for the cannabis-using community, mythologically related to 4:20 PM and the usual end of the high school day. (There is also “710”, “OIL” upside-down and thus celebrated on July the 10th, suggesting two distinct quasi-religious sects; but I digress.) The other was the persistent, pervasive presence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to produce effective immunizations; a loose, but not completely tangential association. Among those immunizing efforts against drug actions, there has been exploration of approaches that would block the more toxic synthetic cannabinoids subsumed under the umbrella of “spice.” - 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