EXAMINATION PREPARATION - It is advisable to use a variety of resources to prepare as no one program, textbook, journal, course or resource list spans the entire scope of addiction medicine. Many resources can also provide long-term reference for professional practice and expand knowledge in the field of addiction medicine. ABAM does not endorse the products of any particular organization.  The below list is suggestive in nature. To begin, review the following:

1.  Announcement to Examinees.

2.  Exam Tutorial (found on the Homepage). Use these instructions for downloadingPlease Note: This is a windows-based program and is not supported by Mac operating systems.

3.  ABAM EXAMINATION BLUEPRINT. Use this to help identify your strengths & weaknesses so as to determine which areas you may wish to study more intensely.


2015: ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine for the 2015 Exam; Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort; Orlando, FL, July 30-Aug. 1, 2015, with pre-courses on July 29, CME: approx. 21 Hours. Registration opens November 2015. The course is an interactive 2.5 day program of speakers and utilizes an audience response system and provides an online, self-paced study guide along with an extensive print and electronic syllabus.

2014 Materials from the 2 review 2014 courses are available online.

ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine & ASAM BEST (Board Exam Study Tool) & Session on “Tips on Taking the ABAM Exam” Held: September 2014 /Orlando, FL / 20.5 CME /$825 (ASAM Member)/ $925 (Non-Member); This essential primer for physicians is good for those who are preparing for the ABAM Exam and a career in addiction medicine, or serve as primary care providers and wish to increase their skills in identifying and managing patients with substance use disorders. See

CSAM Addiction Medicine Review Course & ABAM Certification Exam Preparation Track, Held: September 2014 /Anaheim, CA /18.5 CME/$650; Exam Preparation Track (9 CME); An intensive three-day conference for those taking the ABAM Certification Exam, those wanting an introduction to the essentials of addiction medicine, or those wanting a clinically-based update. Features a separate question-based Certification Exam Prep Track.


*Principles of Addiction Medicine, The Essentials, 600 pages, $75 Carefully distilled from the authoritative resource in addiction medicine, Principles of Addiction Medicine, this text provides a quick reference on virtually all addiction medicine topics. Essentials focuses on key clinical points in a concise and readable manner, allowing quick comprehension of the underlying concepts in addiction care and research.         /OR

Principles of Addiction Medicine 5th Edition, 1,600 pages, $217 Get the authoritative text in addiction medicine that services as a basis for exam knowledge.  Written by leading experts, Principles of Addiction Medicine is a state-of-the-art reference text that blends the scientific principles underlying addiction with the practical essentials of clinical addiction medicine.  The text offers automatic access to a searchable online app version of the book that can be accessed wherever you are and includes over 200 chapter review questions.  The 4th Edition will be steeply discounted on the various sites offering it for sale.


Addiction -

Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly  –

Drug and Alcohol Dependence  –

Journal of Addictive Diseases –

Journal of Addiction Medicine –

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment –

Substance Abuse -

ONLINE Review Courses

California Society of Addiction Medicine 2012 Review Course in Addiction Medicine$125;

American Society of Addiction Medicine 2012 IEP Review Course in Addiction Medicine$110;; Up to 23 CME/

LIVE CME click here for extensive list [to be updated for 2015]

California Society of Addiction Medicine, State of the Art Course, October 22-24, 2015.

ONLINE, At-Home, Webinar, Mobile, or Audio CME

Addiction Medicine CME and Substance Abuse CME |;

Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT) The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) this three-year grant. They have formed a collaborative effort in partnership with the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM), American Psychiatric Association (APA) and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). PCSS-MAT provides free, evidence-based resources to train clinicians and the public about the field and the effectiveness of medications used for treating opioid addiction, including buprenorphine, naltrexone and methadone, in order to more effectively address this public health crisis,

Addiction Treatment Forum, Multiple online and in-person courses,

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health Newsletter, Many CME credits available/ FREE,

American Society of Addiction Medicine e-Live Learning Center, Various CME/ Various Costs,

ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care, September 17, 2014 | Free Webinar | Alcohol, Alcohol Abuse, and Alcohol Dependence – NetCE, <$40;

California Society of Addiction Medicine 2013 State-of-the-Art Online, Up to 15 CME/ $350;

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment SBIRT Training – American Society of Addiction Medicine and Clinical Tools, Inc.   Up to 4 CME/ $50,

Cannabis Use, Abuse, and Dependence – NetCE,  <$40,

American Society of Addiction Medicine 2013 State-of-the-Art Course in Addiction Medicine, Up to 20.5 CME / $825;

Buprenorphine and Office Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence – American Society of Addiction Medicine and Clinical Tools, Inc.  Up to 9 CME/ $199;

Cocaine Abuse and Dependence – NetCE,  <$40,

American Society of Addiction Medicine 44th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference – 2013, Up to 93 CME/ $850,

Ruth Fox 2013 Course for Physicians – American Society of Addiction Medicine, 8 CME / $395,

Minimizing the Risk of Prescription Opioid Misuse, Up to 3 CME/ $50,

Rapid-Onset Opioids: Recognizing and Preventing Abuse, Addiction, and Diversion,

ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care,

Managing Pain Patients Who Abuse Prescription Drugs,

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth,

Possible on-line work: Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Conference, held March 29, 2014 / Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ/ Up to 3 CME,

National Conference on Addiction Disorders, Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit, held August 22 – 25, 2014, St. Louis, MO;, $525. 

ABAM is not a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ABAM's goal is to gain recognition of Addiction Medicine as a medical specialty, and the creation of a certification process through collaboration with the ABMS and its member Boards.