ASAM Releases The ASAM Essentials of Addiction Medicine, 2nd Edition

During the ASAM Conference, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to get their hands on a limited number of the new edition of The ASAM Essentials of Addiction Medicine, 2nd Edition, before it is published in May. Edited by Abigail J. Herron, DO, and Timothy Koehler Brennan, MD, MPH, The ASAM Essentials is a high-yield guide to addiction medicine, featuring new methods to provide care to patients, as well as definitive answers on how to assist those suffering from addiction with early intervention tactics. It is an essential study tool for anyone taking the board certifying examination in addiction medicine.


Abigail J. Herron, DO

This companion resource, derived from The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, 5th Edition, presents the collective wisdom of hundreds of esteemed authorities on the art and science of addiction medicine.

Previously updated in 2011, The ASAM Essentials features new content in a user-friendly format, said Dr. Herron, who also was an author for The ASAM Principles.

“While The ASAM Principles is designed to be a comprehensive text, The ASAM Essentials is a distilled guide that allows readers to pinpoint the most relevant information about a topic, and this new edition also includes study questions and suggested readings. It is an excellent resource for the practicing clinician as well as for those preparing for the addiction medicine exam,” said Dr. Herron, Director of Psychiatry at the Institute for Family Health and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

Many chapter authors from The ASAM Principles wrote the summary chapters in The ASAM Essentials, highlighting the most relevant information for readers. The editors also were delighted to include voices of the next generation of addiction medicine clinicians as contributors, with fellows, residents, and medical students serving as authors for some of the chapters, Dr. Herron added.

She credits her co-editor, chapter authors, and ASAM staff for the yeoman’s work they put forth to produce the 700-page, 137-chapter book.

“This project was very large in scope. Tim was a fantastic collaborator, and invaluable to the process. The ASAM staff was incredibly helpful in coordinating this group of contributors,” Dr. Herron said.

The streamlined format appeals to specialists seeking a quick-access reference source:

  • Find the authoritative answers needed on everything from the pharmacology of addiction through diagnosis, assessment, and early intervention; various forms of addiction management; treatment of individual patient populations; management of intoxication and withdrawal; pharmacologic and behavioral interventions; recovery programs; medical disorders and complications; co-occurring addiction and psychiatric disorders; pain and addiction; children and adolescents; and ethical, legal, and liability issues.
  • Contribute to public health in the area of addiction with the aid of a special introductory chapter, “A Public Health Approach to Prevention: The Health Professional’s Role.”
  • Easily switch back and forth between The ASAM Essentials and The ASAM Principles, thanks to a parallel chapter organization.
  • Zero in on the most important, practical information through highly focused, efficient coverage.
  • Maximize understanding and retention of vital concepts with key point summaries, review questions, and suggested readings in each chapter.

Now with the print edition, enjoy the bundled interactive eBook edition, offering tablet, smartphone, or online access to:

  • Complete content with enhanced navigation
  • A powerful search tool that pulls results from content in the book, the reader’s notes, and even the Web
  • Cross-linked pages, references, and more for easy navigation
  • A highlighting tool for easier reference of key content throughout the text
  • Ability to take and share notes with friends and colleagues
  • Quick-reference tabbing to save favorite content for future use

See the inside front cover to find out how to access the eBook.

Book Signing with Abigail Herron, DO

The ASAM Essentials of Addiction Medicine

Available for pre-publication purchase

1-2 p.m. Friday

Austin Grand Ballroom, Exhibit Hall, 6th floor

Booth 311 and 313