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Register for Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine

The ASAM Virtual Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Workshop

Wednesay, October 20, 2021
10:00 am – 6:00 pm ET


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 behavioral health specialists, who see patients at risk for or with addiction.

Addiction as a disease continues to cost the global community a staggering amount both financially and in lives lost, but there are treatments available to help patients. Participants of this workshop will learn more about addiction medicine and how to screen, diagnose, treat, and/or refer patients with addiction – many of whom are already being seen for commonly occurring medical and psychiatric comorbidities.

The virtual workshop is designed to be energetic and interactive. Attendees will work through session activities and cases in engaging virtual formats.Sessions throughout the day will include approximately equal parts lecture, demonstration of skills and skill building. Participants should plan to attend the entire day, unless under extenuating circumstances.

Who Should Attend

Providers and other members of the healthcare team interested in learning more about addiction medicine in the primary care, emergency/urgent care, treatment centers, and general psychiatry settings including:
  • Physicians
  • Nurses (NPs and RNs)
  • Physician Assistants
  • Counselors

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 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.
  6. Respond to hazardous drinking with brief counseling strategies, appropriate to the patient's readiness to change.
  7. 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.
  8. Prescribe pharmacotherapy appropriately for alcohol, tobacco, and opioid use disorders.
  9. Offer patients and families information and referral to behavioral interventions including support groups and mutual aid groups that assist in the recovery process.

Course Topics

  • An introduction to Addictive Disorders
  • 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

Program Planning Committee

Miriam S. Komaromy, MD, FACP, DFASAM, Chair
Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH, Vice Chair
Angela L. Colistra, PhD, LPC, CAADC, CCS
Abby S. Letcher, MD
Jill R. Mattingly, DHSc, MMSc, PA-C
Kirk D. Moberg, MD, PhD, FASAM
Lipi Roy, MD, MPH, FASAM
J. Paul Seale, MD, FASAM