Can ASAM CONTINUUM be used to assess adolescents?

ASAM CONTINUUM can be used to help standardize the assessment of adolescents with addictive, substance-related and co-occurring conditions. However, ASAM CONTINUUM’s placement matching algorithm is designed for and tested on adult populations. When using ASAM CONTINUUM with adolescents, clinicians should use their clinical judgment to adjust questions and patient responses as needed. Clinicians should also use their clinical judgment to interpret ASAM CONTINUUM reports when applying the placement recommendations and other generated information to adolescent populations. The ASAM Criteria, Treatment Criteria For Addictive, Substance-Related and Co-Occurring Conditions, Third Edition, describes adolescent conditions that should be considered when working with this specific population.