ASAM Overview

This guidance document has been developed to provide an overview of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria and why and how this framework should be used to collect substantive information from patients to determine an appropriate level of care that encourages patient-centered, holistic treatment services to meet the diverse needs of each individual. This document has also been developed to initiate and guide a community of practice, a group created with the goal of gaining knowledge related to a particular domain or area, in this case understanding the effective use of ASAM criteria, to use this process of sharing information and experiences to establish and monitor effective treatment plans for patients with a substance use disorder (SUD). Published in 2016.


The ASAM criteria,  Treatment,  

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