State of the Art Course to Address Latest Advances in Addiction Medicine

Mark your calendar now to attend one of the top education events for the specialty, the State of the Art Course in Addiction Medicine, Oct. 24-26 in Crystal City, Va. Presented every two years, it provides an advanced level of knowledge about the latest developments in addiction medicine.

“It is one of the nation’s premier courses on the science of addiction, presented by the nation’s leading addiction clinicians and researchers,” said Raye Z. Litten, PhD, one of the course’s two co-chairs. To register, go to the Education tab on the ASAM website.

The course is presented by ASAM along with several key federal agencies involved in addiction policy, research and treatment. The theme of this year’s course is “Emerging Problems and Advances in Addiction Treatment.” The target audience is addiction physicians, pain specialists, family physicians, nurses, and physician assistants.

“As important as it is for education, it also is an opportunity to have some bonding among addiction specialists,” said Dr. Litten, Associate Director, Division of Treatment and Recovery Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “People attend to learn the latest findings. It is for everyone at all levels.”

Sessions in the course are

  • Emerging Drugs of Abuse: Bath Salts and Synthetic Canabinoids
  • Alcohol Pharmacotherapy: Translation and Barriers to Use
  • Opioids: Can’t Live Without Them, Learning to Live Safely With Them
  • Screening and Drug Testing
  • Changing Marijuana Laws: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Behavioral Intervention in Addiction Treatment

The Opening General Session of the course will review the ASAM clinical guidelines and standards, updated ASAM criteria, and updated standards for addiction physicians being developed by the ASAM Practice Improvement and Performance Measurement Action Group.

A highlight of every State of the Art Course is special addresses by directors of federal agencies that help ASAM organize the course—the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The addresses will be followed by question-and-answer sessions with the directors, Dr. Litten said.

“People attend this course because they are interested in knowing what’s coming down the road,” he said. “Treating addiction is complex; one treatment does not work for everybody. Clinicians are looking for tools to help them treat these patients. Clinicians want to do a better job, and coming to a course like this helps them learn the latest. It also gives them hope that they may have better treatments five or 10 years down the road.”