• May 30, 2019

    A Path to Excellence in Treating the Whole Woman: A Subspecialty in Addiction Medicine

    Substance misuse and addiction are important domains of health, illness, and wellness that relate to numerous other physical conditions. Assessment of patients for substance use disorder should be a part of routine medical care across all medical specialties. Obstetricians and gynecologists are already treating women with substance use disorder, even if they are not recognizing it. Failure to identify and address substance misuse and substance use disorder compromises the care these women receive from their providers.
  • April 30, 2019

    ASAM Road Trip! Delivering the First ASAM Criteria Course

    The ASAM Criteria Course debuted April 15-19 in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and Sellersburg, Indiana to provide addiction education for social workers and counselors across the state. ASAM partnered with the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction to launch the first set of courses, and nine more will be held in Indiana this year. The ASAM Criteria Course aims to educate multiple audiences on the use and practice of The ASAM Criteria®. The course is designed to introduce healthcare professionals to the skills and practices needed to provide care according to The ASAM Criteria standards. The course can also serve as the initial stage for a credentialing program.

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  • June 25, 2019

    Editorial Comment 6/25: “Susceptibles” and addiction injury

    Apart from the discussion of the Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine's efforts to improve access to buprenorphine, legislatively, the topics this week focus on the needs of women, the newborn, and adolescents.
  • June 17, 2019

    Editorial Comment 6/18: Novel opio-mimetics

    The claim associated with the linked article in Journal of Neuroinflammation warrants special attention this week. A novel opioid under investigation is described as being less subject to specific adverse properties associated with morphine, notably aggravation of acute pain over the long term and initiation of a chronic nociceptive state. The principle underlying this transition to chronicity is postulated as inflammatory, a contention that has been increasingly supported.


Review Course 2019

The ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine is widely recognized as the essential primer for physicians preparing for the ABPM Addiction Medicine Exam and primary care providers who wish to increase their skills in identifying and managing patients whose medical problems are caused or exacerbated by substance use disorders. 

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MOC Guide

Considering a career in Addiction Medicine or expanding your practice services?

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. This specific pathway will expire in 2021. Download the NEW ASAM Information Guide on Certification and MOC.

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ASAM invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of The ASAM Criteria

The ASAM Criteria® is the most widely used set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. The ongoing advances in the addiction medicine field and lessons learned from real-world implementations of The ASAM Criteria call for more regular updates to these guidelines.

The Editor-in-Chief is expected to participate in the development and execution of a process for reviewing data from real-world implementations of the ASAM Criteria, including the ASAM CONTINUUM Software, and working with the editorial team to make empirically-driven revisions of the ASAM Criteria text.

Interested individuals are referred to the position description online at for detailed information about qualifications, duties, and responsibilities.

Applications for this position must be received by close of business on June 6, 2019.

New Resources

JAM Podcast
In episode eleven of Addiction Medicine: Beyond the Abstract, we are joined by Dr. Honora Englander, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and the Director and Principal Investigator of the Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT). In her recent article, Dr. Englander and her colleagues discuss using hospitalization as a "reachable moment" for highly vulnerable patients who are not engaged in treatment elsewhere and utilizing the IMPACT team in this process.


Journal of Addiction Medicine March/April 2019, Volume 13, Issue 2;

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Drug Court Resources

Tens of thousands of Americans access addiction pharmacotherapies through drug courts every year. New resources are now available. Created in partnership with the NADCP National Association of Drug Court Professionals.