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When preparing for the ABAM certification examination, first review the ABAM EXAMINATION BLUEPRINT to identify your strengths and weaknesses. 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.


CSAM Addiction Medicine Review Course & ABAM Certification Exam Preparation Track 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.

ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine & ASAM BEST (Board Exam Study Tool) & Special Session on “Tips on Taking the ABAM Exam”  September 18-20, 2014 / Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL / 20.5 CME / $625 for all; 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:

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/

LIVE CME click here for extensive list

California Society of Addiction Medicine: Addiction Medicine Review Course and Certification Examination Preparation Track, September 3-6, 2014 / Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA / 30 CME / $645,

American Society of Addiction Medicine Review Course in Addiction Medicine, September 18-20 2014/ Orlando, FL/20 CME / $725,

Buprenorphine Waiver Training Advanced Review Module , Free Online Module with 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™, AAAP in collaboration with PCSSMAT partners just released this 1-hour review course that is FREE of charge and intended for physicians who have completed the 8 hour required training to obtain their waiver to prescribe buprenorphine but who would like an UPDATE;

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.