The American Society of Addiction Medicine Handbook of Addiction Medicine

Darius A. Rastegar; Michael Fingerhood
Pub date
Sep 2015
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The American Society of Addiction Medicine Handbook of Addiction Medicine is a practical, evidence-based guide to the identification and treatment of substance use disorders. Produced by the largest medical society dedicated to the improvement of addiction care, it begins with screening and brief intervention and an overview of treatment. This is followed by substance-specific chapters covering: alcohol, sedatives, opioids, tobacco, stimulants, hallucinogens, cannabinoids, inhalants, anabolic steroids and prescription drug misuse. Substance-specific chapters cover pharmacology, acute effects and intoxication, withdrawal, medical complications and treatment. The handbook concludes with chapters on the medical care of patients with substance use disorders, psychiatric co-occurring disorders, special populations and ethical and legal considerations. Chapters include practical tools and treatment protocols that can be used in outpatient and inpatient settings. To learn more about the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and its commitment to providing the best resources for addiction clinicians, please visit http://www.asam.org.


Chapter 1: Introduction: Addiction from a Clinical Perspective
Chapter 2: Screening and Brief Intervention
Chapter 3: General Treatment Principles
Chapter 4: Alcohol
Chapter 5: Sedative-Hypnotics
Chapter 6: Opioids
Chapter 7: Tobacco and Nicotine
Chapter 8: Cocaine, Methamphetamine and Other Stimulants
Chapter 9: Hallucinogens and Disassociatives
Chapter 10: Marijuana and Other Cannabinoids
Chapter 11: Inhalants: Volatile Organic Compounds, Nitrites, and Anesthetics
Chapter 12: Anabolic Steroids and Athletes
Chapter 13: Prescription Drug Misuse
Chapter 14: Medical Care for Patients with Substance Use Disorders
Chapter 15: Psychiatric Co-occurring Disorders
Chapter 16: Special Populations
Chapter 17: Ethical and Legal Considerations

About the author: 

Darius Rastegar attended college at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and medical school at University of Pennsylvania. He completed his internal medicine training at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He is the medical director for the Chemical Dependence Unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He is also board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine.; Michael Fingerhood attended college at Johns Hopkins University and medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine training and a chief residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He is the director of the Division of Chemical Dependence at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.; The American Society of Addiction Medicine is a professional society representing over 3,200 physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving quality of addiction treatment; educating physicians, other medical professionals and the public; supporting research and prevention; and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.

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