The ASAM Fundamentals Workshop

Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine

 Thank you for attending the 2016 ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine - A Live Workshop!

The ASAM 47th Annual Conference and Pre-Conference Courses were an unprecedented success. ASAM sends a heartfelt thanks to everyone who came to Baltimore, MD to attend and made it such a special event.

Looking forward to seeing all of you and more for the 2017 ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine - A Live Workshop and The ASAM 48th Annual Conference in New Orleans!



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

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine is a practical, case-based workshop designed to support primary care physicians and clinicians in their clinical treatment of patients at risk for or with substance use disorders (SUDs)*. This live workshop is designed to be energetic and interactive. Sessions throughout the day will include approximately one-third of lecture, one-third demonstration of skills and one-third skills building. Attendees will work through session activities and cases presented by faculty with participants at their table.

Educational Purpose

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

Who Should Attend

Primary care physicians and clinicians, general psychiatrists and other members of the healthcare team interested in learning more about addiction medicine and how to recognize, treat and/or refer patients with substance use disorders 

Workshop Topics

  • An Introduction to Addictive Disorders
  • Ben’s Brain on Drugs: The Clinical Manifestations of the Neurobiology of Addiction
  • Identifying Unhealthy Substance Use: Assessment
  • For Every ill, There May Be a Pill: Treating Substance Use Disorders With Medication and Counseling
  • 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

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify one's own feelings and attitudes that promote or prevent therapeutic responses to patients with substance use disorders. 
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the diseased brain processes when treating patients with addictive behaviors.
  3. Use validated patient screening tools to detect substance use and interpret a spectrum of results.
  4. Use motivational interviewing to enhance patients readiness to change risky behaviors.
  5. Offer the interventions that are appropriate to specific substances and severity of usage pattern.
    • Respond to hazardous drinking with brief counseling strategies, appropriate to the patient's readiness to change.
    • For patients suspected of having a SUD, conduct a biopsychosocial assessment to provide a diagnosis and match the patient to an appropriate level of care.
  6. Prescribe pharmacotherapy appropriately for alcohol, tobacco, and opioid use disorders.
  7. Offer patients and families information and referral to behavioral interventions including support groups and mutual aid groups that assist in the recovery process. 

Workshop Faculty

Peter L. Selby, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, DipABAM, FASAM, Chair, Curriculum Director 
Miriam S. Komaromy, MD, FACP, FASAM, Vice Chair  
J. Paul Seale, MD
Alexander Y. Walley, MD, MSc

Agency Support

ASAM thanks the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for their support of The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Live Workshop. 

Planning Committee

Peter L. Selby, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, DipABAM, FASAM, Chair, Curriculum Director 
Miriam S. Komaromy, MD, FACP, Vice Chair 
Mario San Bartolomé, MD, MBA, Vice Chair 
Catherine R. Friedman, MD 
Peter D. Friedmann, MD, MPH, FASAM, FACP 
Kenneth A. Saffier, MD 
J. Paul Seale, MD
Jeanette M. Tetrault, MD, FACP 
Alexander Y. Walley, MD, MSc 
Stephen A. Wyatt, DO

Workshop Staff

Alli Unger, Manager, Professional Development 
Arlene C. Deverman, CAE, Vice President, Professional Development & Marketing