Drug Testing As A Component Of Addiction Treatment and Monitoring Programs and in Other Clinical Settings

It is the policy of ASAM that: Urine drug testing is a key diagnostic and therapeutic tool that is useful for patient care and in monitoring of the ongoing status of a person who has been treated for addiction. As such, it is a part of medical care, and should not face undue restrictions. Urine […]

Co-occurring Addictive and Psychiatric Disorders

American Society of Addiction Medicine recommends the following: 1. Clinicians working in all medical care settings, including primary care, specialty care for psychiatric or addictive disorders, other medical specialties and public health settings, should be educated about the prevalence and importance of co-occurring psychiatric and addictive disorders. 2. Clinicians referring patients to either mental health […]

Rapid and Ultra Rapid Opioid Detoxification

Policy Recommendations 1. Opioid detoxification alone is not a treatment of opioid addiction. ASAM does not support the initiation of acute opioid detoxification interventions unless they are part of an integrated continuum of services that promote ongoing recovery from addiction, there are a lot of other ways to detox your body like using a green […]

State-Level Proposals to Legalize Marijuana

ASAM opposes proposals to legalize marijuana anywhere in the United States, including the current state-based legalization proposals which will appear on the November 2012 ballots.  The analyses on the possible outcomes–both intended and unintended—of the state-based marijuana legalization proposals in Colorado, Washington and Oregon suggest that risks are unacceptable, that’s why jobs are testing for […]

The Definition of Alcoholism (NCADD/ASAM)

Defining the Condition Adoption Date: September 1, 1976; rev. February 1, 1990 Public Policy Statement on the Definition of Alcoholism PDF Alcoholism is a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by continuous or periodic: impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of […]

ASAM Summary Statement Regarding the Use of Alcohol During Pregnancy

 ASAM Summary Statement Regarding the Use of Alcohol During Pregnancy Alcohol is a legal and commonly used substance. There is no absolutely safe time or safe amount of alcohol to use during pregnancy. ASAM supports the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), […]

How to find an addiction specialist?

How to find an addiction specialist? To find an ASAM member go to the ASAM Physician Finder. Note that ASAM administered the exam for physicians to be certified in addiction medicine from 1984 – 2008. The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) started administering the exam in 2010. Please contact ASAM to verify the certification status […]

Who recognizes addiction medicine as a specialized area of medical practice?

Who recognizes addiction medicine as a specialized area of medical practice? The American Medical Association (AMA), in 1988, granted the American Society of Addiction Medicine a seat, with vote, in the AMA House of Delegates. In 1990, the AMA recognized addiction medicine as a “self-designated specialty,” and has designated a specific code (“ADM’) that physicians can […]

What is an addiction medicine physician?

What is an addiction medicine physician? “The addiction medicine physician provides medical care within the bio-psycho-social framework for persons with addiction, for the individual with substance-related health conditions, for persons who manifest unhealthy substance use, and for family members whose health and functioning are affected by another’s substance use or addiction.   Board-certified addiction medicine physicians […]

What is an addiction specialist?

What is an addiction specialist? An addiction specialist is a physician certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and/or a psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and who has demonstrated by education, experience, and examination the requisite knowledge and skills to provide prevention, screening, intervention, and treatment for […]

Relationship between Treatment and Self Help: A Joint Statement

Connecting the Relationship Adoption Date: December 1, 1997 Public Policy Statement on the Relationship between Treatment and Self Help: a Joint Statement of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and the American Psychiatric Association PDF Background For many years, physicians and other treatment professionals have recognized the value of […]

Definition of Addiction

Public Policy Statement: Definition of Addiction Short Definition of Addiction: Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. Addiction […]

Alcoholism as a Primary Disease-from ASAM

Adoption Date: October 1, 1983; rev. October 1, 1996 Public Policy Statement on Alcoholism as a Primary Disease Based on many years of clinical experience, reinforced by recent and continuing research into the genetic, biochemical and physiological aspects of the effects of alcohol on living systems and of alcoholics and their families, the American Society […]