American Society of Addiciton Medicine

The ASAM Criteria

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The ASAM Criteria

The ASAM Criteria is the nation’s most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay, and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions.

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ASAM Criteria 4th Edition Development

ASAM is currently working to develop the 4th Edition of The ASAM Criteria®  using a rigorous methodology for evidence review and formal consensus development under the guidance of a new editorial subcommittee.

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Treatment Providers & Clinicians

  • Effectively apply The ASAM Criteria in your organization with the ASAM Criteria Textbook. Order Today.

  • Improve the quality of patient assessments with ASAM CONTINUUM, the only clinical decision support system for conducting an ASAM assessment. Learn more.

  • Apply The ASAM Criteria in your organization, clinical practice, and service delivery through training. Enroll in our online courses today.

  • Certify your treatment program’s ability to deliver a specific level of care. Learn more about our Level of Care Certification.

  • Free Paper-Based ASAM Criteria Paper-based Intake Assessment Guide developed by ASAM and the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs supports increased quality and consistency of patient assessments and patient-centered care.


Administrators, Payers & Policymakers

  • States across the country are using The ASAM Criteria as the foundation of efforts to improve the addiction treatment system. Find out more about state implementation

  • Speaking The Same Language: A Toolkit for Strengthening Patient-Centered Addiction Care in the United States. Designed to help stakeholders establish a common framework and language across all payers, providers, and patients on describing addiction care and ensuring that care remains focused on the individualized needs of those living with SUD.

  • Help us ensure The ASAM Criteria is appropriately implemented. Review our copyright guidelines and report any misuse.

  • Managed care entities are required to license The ASAM Criteria.  Please complete this form for more information.

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