Fundamentals Live Workshop

Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine

Thursday, April 6, 2017

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Hilton New Orleans | New Orleans, LA


The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine is a practical, case-based workshop designed for providers new to the field of addiction medicine, such as primary care physicians, clinicians, and general psychiatrists, who see patients at risk for or with substance use disorders (SUDs). This workshop will also support providers in emergency care settings who often see patients with addiction. 

The increased interest in expanding the physician and care team’s role in treating addiction has arisen, in part, because of the comorbidities of medical and other psychiatric illnesses among patients who use substances. With the increased awareness of patients with addiction and patient access to medical care, it is fitting that the need for early intervention, treatment, and/or referral to specialists take place in primary care and general psychiatry practice. 


Primary care providers will learn how to effectively identify and treat adult outpatients at risk for or with substance use disorders. 


This live workshop is designed to be energetic and interactive. Attendees will work through session activities and cases presented by faculty with participants at their table. Sessions throughout the day will include approximately equal parts lecture, demonstration of skills and skill building. 


Primary care physicians, clinicians, emergency/urgent care providers, and 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. 


  • Meeting Our Patient: An Introduction to Addictive Disorder
  • A 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


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 substance use disorders.
  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.

Continuing Medical Education Credit

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

ASAM designates this live activity 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. 

Planning Committee

  • Peter L. Selby, MBBS, CFCP, FCFP, DFASAM (Co-Chair) 
  • Miriam S. Komaromy, MD, FACP, FASAM (Co-Chair) 
  • Catherine R. Friedman, MD, FASAM 
  • Zwaantje H. Hamming, FNP-C 
  • Kenneth A. Saffier, MD, FASAM 
  • Mario F. San Bartolomé, MD, MBA, MRO, QME, FASAM 
  • J. Paul Seale, MD, FASAM 
  • Jeanette M. Tetrault, MD, FACP 
  • Alexander Y. Walley, MD, MSc, FASAM 

Workshop Staff

  • Alli Unger, Associate Director, Professional Development 
  • Arlene C. Deverman, CAE, Chief Learning Officer, Education & Professional Development