The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine-A Live Course


April 10, 2014, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm




    Addiction is a chronic brain disease and there are treatments available to help patients.

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine--A Live Course * is a practical, case-based course designed to support primary care physicians and general psychiatrists in their clinical treatment of patients at risk for or with substance use disorders (SUD). The increased interest in expanding the physician’s role in treating addiction has arisen, in part, because of the co-morbidities of medical and other psychiatric illnesses among patients who use substances However, another facet to expanding the physician’s role is the development of new medications and access to those medications and medical care due to Affordable Care Act. With the expansion of the physician’s role and increased patient access to medical care, it is fitting that the need for early interventions starts to take place in primary care and general psychiatry practice.

* This highly interactive session will not be recorded and will not be available online through ASAM's e-LLC after the conference.

Educational Purpose

Primary care physicians and psychiatrists will effectively treat adult out-patients at risk for or with addictive disorders.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Identify their feelings and attitudes which promote or prevent therapeutic responses to their patients with substance use disorders.
  • Summarize the three major neurocircuits underlying addictive disorders and their clinical implications.
  • Use and recommend, validated universal screening tools to identify substance use in patients and demonstrate the ability with confidence to score and interpret the results for hazardous and harmful use.
  • Respond to positive substance use screening results with brief counseling strategies, including motivational interviewing, appropriate to the patients readiness to change.
  • Respond succinctly to change and sustain talk in patients at risk for or with substance use disorders to motivate behavior change.
  • Conduct a biopsychosocial and developmental ambulatory assessment of an adult with a SUD and match to an appropriate level of care.
  • List the indications, contraindications and duration of treatment of evidence based pharmacotherapy for alcohol, tobacco, and opioid use disorders and refer to specialty care where appropriate.

Learning Format and Methodologies

This live course is designed to be energetic and interactive with a facilitator at each round table. Sessions throughout the day will include approximately one-third of lecture, one-third demonstration of skills and one-third skills building. Audience Response Devices (ARS) will also be used in the course throughout the day.

Who Should Attend

Primary care physicians, general psychiatrists and other physicians interested in learning more about addiction medicine and how to recognize, treat and/or refer patients with substance use disorders.

Course Topics

  •  Meeting Our Patient: An Introduction to Addictive Disorders Screening
  • A Brain on Drugs: The Clinical Manifestations of the Neurobiology of Addictions Motivational Interviewing
  • Identifying Unhealthy Substance Use: Case Finding Made Easy
  • Should I Open Pandora’s Box?: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
  • When Your Patient says Yes, But!: A “Taste” of Motivational Interviewing
  • Matching the Treatment to the Patient: Diagnosing Substance Use Disorders and Developing an Appropriate Treatment Plan
  • For Every Ill, There May Be a Pill: Treating Substance Use Disorders With Medication  


Jeanette Tetrault, MD, FACP
Alexander Walley, MD, MSc
Cathy Friedman, MD
Peter D. Friedmann, MD, MPH, FASAM, FACP
Mario San Bartolomé, MD, MBA
Ken Saffier, MD
Paul Seale, MD
Steve Wyatt, DO

Program Planning Committee

Peter Selby, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, DipABAM, FASAM, Chair, Curriculum Director
Jeanette Tetrault, MD, FACP, Vice Chair
Alexander Walley, MD, MSc, Vice Chair
Cathy Friedman, MD
Peter D. Friedmann, MD, MPH, FASAM, FACP
Mario San Bartolomé, MD, MBA
Ken Saffier, MD
Steve Wyatt, DO 

CME Committee Reviewers

Edwin A. Salsitz, MD, FASAM, and Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM 


The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine is dedicated to the memory of Ruth Fox, MD, Founding President of the American Society of Addiction. 

Continuing Medical Education Credit

**CME Certificates/ Certificates of Completion will be emailed to individuals who complete the evaluation (all participants were sent a link to the evaluation following the course). Certificates will be emailed within 2 weeks of completion. For questions or concerns (or if you did not receive the link) please contact: Alli Unger, Program Specialist, Professional Development at or 301-656-3920.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This live activity, The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine—a Live Course, has been approved for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABAM Maintenance of Certification Program
Application has been made for the Annual Medical-Scientific Conference and its pre-courses to be an approved CME Activity by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program for the CME requirement for Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Many of the sessions have been identified as of interest and value to primary care physicians. Application has been made to the American Academy of Family Physicians for Live Prescribed and/or Elective Credit.

Course Staff 

Arlene C. Deverman, CAE, Vice President, Professional Development
Dawn Howell, Senior Manager, Professional Development 

Commercial Support

Alkermes provided an unrestricted educational grant to assist with the delivery of this live course.