PREPARATION - Please review these resources:

1.  Announcement to Examinees.

2.  Exam Tutorial (found on the Homepage). Use these instructions to download the tutorial.

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.

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 following list is suggestive in nature.


2015:  ASAM will offer a Review Course in Addiction Medicine in either late July/early August 2015  [likely in Texas] for the October 17, 2015 examination.

Materials from the 2 recent review courses will be available on line within the coming month.

ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine & ASAM BEST (Board Exam Study Tool) & Special Session on “Tips on Taking the ABAM Exam” Held: September 18-20, 2014 / Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL / 20.5 CME / $825 (ASAM Member)/ $925 (Non-Member); ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine; The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Review Course is recognized as an essential primer for physicians who are preparing for the ABAM Exam and a career in addiction medicine, as well as for primary care providers who wish to increase their skills in identifying and managing patients with substance use disorders. The course is an interactive two and half day program of outstanding speakers, utilizes an audience response system and provides the online, self-paced BEST Study Guide along with an extensive print and electronic syllabus all for one price. ASAM Study Resources:

CSAM Addiction Medicine Review Course & ABAM Certification Exam Preparation Track, Held: September 3-6, 2014 / Anaheim Marriott Hotel. Anaheim, CA / approx. Course (18.5 CME) $650; Exam Preparation Track (9 CME) $300; . 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. N.B.: Limited personal contact information for ABAM Candidates may be shared with related organizations offering exam educational materials.

TWO TEXT BOOKS to choose

*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.  Purchasers get automatic access to a searchable online app version of the book that can be accessed where ever 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/ h


LIVE CME click here for extensive list [this will 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

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. 

OTHER Resources

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.