2011 Conference News


  • ASAM Praised for Addiction EffortsThe American Society of Addiction Medicine's efforts are "invaluable" in moving President Obama's 2011 strategy of addressing substance abuse disorders, said David K. Mineta, M.S.W., Deputy Director of Demand Reduction, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). He made his remarks during Saturday's Policy Plenary "Health Reform and Parity Implications for Addiction Medicine." Read More
  • Technology Coming to Alcohol TreatmentNew software, websites and Web applications exist — including an interactive video patient interview simulation — to aid doctors in diagnosing and treating alcohol-related disorders, and to allow people with drinking problems to get help. Read More
  • ASAM Awards Presented at LuncheonThe most prestigious awards in addiction medicine were presented Saturday during the annual ASAM Awards Luncheon. Awards recognized outstanding service or achievements to the practice, science, or advocacy of addiction medicine and ASAM. Read More
  • ABAM Certifies First 10 Residency Training ProgramsThe first 10 addiction medicine residency training programs have recently been accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation (ABAM). Read More
  • Addiction, Sleep Disorders Go Hand-in-HandAddiction and sleep disorders form an uneasy partnership, an observation shared by of one of the speakers during symposium "Sleep and Addiction: Understanding the Problem and the Need to Act." Read More
  • PCSS-M Program sees strong growthAfter launching two years ago, the Physician Clinical Support System for Methadone (PCSS-M) is producing positive results. Read More
  • The Switch to EHR: What You Need to KnowThe workshop "The Interface of Electronic Health Records and Addiction Medicine: What You Should Know and How It Will Affect Your Practice," gave an overview of electronic health records (EHR), advice for switching over, and a review of confidentiality and legal issues. Oh — and the knowledge that it won't be so bad. Read More
  • Member Value Among the Top Goals for ASAM CEOPenny S. Mills, M.B.A., has been Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of ASAM for a limited time — less than a year — but the Society's accomplishments under her leadership are already noteworthy. Read More
  • Scholarship Winners, Medallion Recipients Honored at Fox ReceptionSix Ruth Fox Scholarship winners and medallion recipients were recognized Friday night during the Ruth Fox Donor Reception. The event also recognizes contributors to the Ruth Fox Endowment Fund, which funds the scholarships. Read More
  • Society NewsLive Learning Center To Offer PowerPoints from Presentations A highlight of the Medical-Scientific Conference has been the launch of some parts of ASAM's Live Learning Center, which allows users to view educational presentations online and earn CME credits. Read More


  • Dr. Kurth Becomes ASAM President at Annual Business MeetingDonald J. Kurth, M.D., FASAM, became ASAM President Friday during the Annual Business Meeting. Dr. Kurth began his term by thanking Outgoing President Louis E. Baxter, Sr., M.D., FASAM, for his service to the Society. Read More
  • Plenary Focuses on Recovery, EducationA group of addiction medicine leaders emphasized recovery, workforce development, and education in lectures Friday at the Opening Scientific Plenary and Distinguished Scientist Lecture. Read More
  • Vets Battle Modern Issues When Returning HomeIn this era of the modern military, with females in combat theaters and multiple deployments to combat zones, veterans face new issues as well as long-established challenges when leaving home and returning. Speakers at a symposium Friday focused on those issues and data now being collected to develop treatment strategies. Read More
  • Parity to Bring Change and OpportunityChanges brought on by two federal acts will bring immense opportunities for addiction medicine specialists to practice in holistic ways for the benefit of Americans needing treatment. Read More
  • Medical Marijuana Hot Issue at Chapters MeetingThe Chapters Council meets four times a year, but three of them are conference calls. The chance to discuss topics and interact face-to-face with colleagues makes the Med-Sci Conference Council an important annual event. Read More
  • ASAM Launches Physician Clinical Support System for Primary CareMore patients are confiding in their primary care physicians about their addiction problems, and helping these doctors help their patients will be the American Society for Addiction Medicine's newest mentor network, the Physician Clinical Support System for Primary Care (PCSS-P). Read More
  • Heroin-Assisted Treatment Model DiscussedA refractory heroin-dependent patient can expect to lose 25 years of life expectancy as a result of the addiction, a stark statistic presented by Wim van den Brink, M.D., Ph.D., during Friday's symposium "Innovative Models of Addiction Treatment from the International Context." Read More
  • Symposium Addresses Naltrexone IndicationsOral naltrexone had once been viewed as a magic bullet because it is highly selective for opioid receptors, but the major clinical obstacles for this agent occur in the induction and adherence phases. This was a conclusion presented by Sandra D. Comer, Ph.D., one of 13 speakers to address attendees of the Friday symposium "Naltrexone: New Formulations and Indications." Read More
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Examined from Different ViewsThe speakers at Friday's symposium on prescription drug abuse discussed the outlook and challenges from the federal, state, and individual physician's perspectives. Read More
  • ASAM Spearheads New Primary Care Addiction ProgramsHealth care reform is driving many changes in medical practice, with primary care physicians being a focal point in the development of the patient-centered medical home. The role of addiction medicine in these changes was discussed in a Component Session Thursday night. Read More
  • Society NewsAddiction Performance Project set for 6:30 tonight The National Institute on Drug Abuse will present the Addiction Performance Project, featuring actors Harris Yulin and Blythe Danner, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Jefferson Room on Concourse Level. Read More


  • 42nd Medical-Scientific Conference OpensAs the chair of the committee that planned ASAM's 42nd Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, Gavin Bart, M.D., FASAM, knows the highlights of the coming days, but he said the conference itself is the greatest highlight. Read More
  • Complications of Pain and Addiction Treatments ExaminedThursday's full-day course, Pain and Addiction Common Threads XII: Safety First: Best Practices, featured seven presentations focusing on topics that included clinical aspects of sedative dependence, sedative hypnotics, sleep issues, opioid and sedative use and misuse, the role of the family in addiction, and federal and state initiatives on prescription drug misuse. Read More
  • Dr. Baxter Looks Back at his Term as PresidentWhen I assumed the presidency of ASAM in 2009, I pledged to represent and serve you, the ASAM member, and your highest aspirations as caregivers. I also outlined my goals for continuing to define and develop this unique organization called ASAM, in its evolving role as a well-recognized, well-established and increasingly respected professional specialty society. Optimistic and goal-driven as I am, it would have been impossible then to anticipate all we have accomplished. Read More
  • Dr. Kurth Welcomes Attendees to ConferenceWelcome to ASAM's 42nd Annual Medical-Scientific Conference and 8th Annual Legislative Day in our nation's capital, Washington, DC. As the incoming president of the pre-eminent addiction physicians' education, research and treatment organization in America, I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to each and every one of our friends, visitors, guests, and members. Read More
  • Ruth Fox Course Tackles Sex Addiction IssuesThe 2011 "Ruth Fox Course for Physicians" addressed nine topics Thursday, with an emphasis on sex addiction and sexual disorders. Read More
  • Members take to Capitol Hill for Lobby DayMore than 100 ASAM members took advantage of the conference location Wednesday to lobby with members of Congress for addiction-related issues on Lobby Day. Read More
  • Sessions Address Integrating Addiction and Primary CareThe ASAM Medical-Scientific Conference examines a wealth of important and interesting topics for addiction professionals, many of which are addressed in special symposia, courses and workshops. Read More
  • See all Conference Sessions with Live Learning CenterAt a conference as large and comprehensive as the ASAM's Medical-Scientific Conference there are bound to be some hard decisions and missed opportunities regarding which courses to attend. Read More
  • Society NewsChapter Meetings Scheduled for Friday, Saturday You are invited to attend a meeting of the members in your chapter area during the conference. All meetings will be in the Gunston Room on the Terrace level, except where otherwise noted. The list of meetings is current as of Thursday. Read More
  • Thanks to Conference SponsorsThe American Society of Addiction Medicine gratefully acknowledges these contributions and grants for its 2011 Medical-Scientific Conference, Courses and other events: Read More