In this podcast, David Mee-Lee, MD, chief editor of The ASAM Criteria, addresses these 3 questions:
•What are the American Association of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria, and why are they important to practicing psychiatrists?
•What are the key differences between the new guidelines and ones from 2001 that they will replace?
•Where can psychiatrists learn more about the new criteria?
Dr Mee-Lee also discusses how the forthcoming book—The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-occurring Conditions—will facilitate application of criteria to addiction medicine in daily practice. Dr Mee-Lee is Senior Vice President, The Change Companies®, Carson City, Nevada. He is a board-certified psychiatrist and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM).