The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine is an 8-hour on-demand, innovative, case-based workshop designed for providers who are relatively new to the field of addiction medicine, such as primary care physicians, clinicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, 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 have co-occurring medical and psychiatric comorbidities.
This is a practical, case-based course designed to be interactive and engaging. The course is designed to empower primary care and other providers to diagnose and treat patients at risk for or with addiction, by translating the signs of the disease of addiction into transformative, positive outcomes for patients.
The target audience
for this beginner level workshop include: physicians, nurse practitioners/nurses, physician assistants, counselors, and other health care providers, and clinicians who see patients with addiction in primary care, emergency/urgent care, treatment center, or general psychiatry settings.
The ACGME competencies
include: Patient Care and Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills.
This on-demand course contains the following modules:
• Module 1: Meeting Our Patient: An Introduction to Addictive Disorders
• Module 2: The Clinical Manifestations of the Neurobiology of Addiction
• Module 3: For Every Ill, There May Be a Pill: Assessing and Treating Substance Use Disorders
• Module 4: Should I Open Pandora's Box? SBIRT and a “Taste” of Motivational Interviewing
Upon completion, learners will be able to:
1. Identify your own feelings and attitudes that promote or prevent therapeutic responses to patients with substance use disorders
2. Explain what occurs in the brain of a person with substance use disorder in terms of the brain's neurobiology
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 patterns
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