American Society of Addiciton Medicine

Clinical Recommendations

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Clinical Recommendations

These recommendations are intended to aid clinicians in their clinical decision-making and management of patients, provide information on evidence-based treatment.

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Coming Soon - ASAM Clinical Considerations for Engagement and Retention of Non-Abstinent Patients in Substance Use Treatment

Initiation, engagement, and retention in treatment are critical factors that impact long-term outcomes for substance use disorders (SUDs); early treatment engagement and longer durations of treatment predict better clinical outcomes. Despite this, patients are regularly dissuaded from initiating treatment until they commit to full sustained abstinence from all intoxicants, and too frequently are administratively discharged from SUD treatment programs during instances of substance use recurrence. This clinical considerations document is being developed to support SUD treatment programs providers to increase treatment engagement and retention while addressing the complexities associated with patient non-abstinence.

Treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) with buprenorphine has evolved considerably in the last decade as the scale of the OUD epidemic has increased along with the emergence of high-potency synthetic opioids (HPSOs) and stimulants in the drug supply. These changes have outpaced the development of prospective research, so a clinical consideration document based on expert consensus is needed to address pressing clinical questions. based on a narrative literature review and expert consensus and will specifically address considerations for changes to the clinical practice of treatment of OUD with buprenorphine for individuals using HPSO.


While many states across the country are relaxing physical distancing and other restrictions put in place in response to COVID-19, people remain at risk for infection based on widespread community transmission and increasing population prevalence of the virus. As a result, the pandemic continues to impact the work of addiction treatment clinicians and programs as they strive to maintain safety for both staff and patients.

Integrating Tobacco Use Disorder Interventions in Ƶ Treatment

The integration of tobacco-related services into addiction treatment can improve treatment outcomes, promote recovery, and reduce the well-established harms of ongoing tobacco use, including tobacco-related death and disease. This guide provides recommendations to integrate tobacco use Disorder interventions in addiction treatment.

Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy

Early universal screening, brief intervention (such as engaging a patient in a short conversation, providing feedback and advice), and referral for treatment of pregnant women with opioid use and opioid use disorder improve maternal and infant outcomes. In general, a coordinated multidisciplinary approach without criminal sanctions has the best chance of helping infants and families.