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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the vision of ABAM and The ABAM Foundation?

The vision is that prevention, screening and treatment for substance use disorders and their medical and psychiatric consequences will become a routine part of medical care. The availability of ABAM certification to all primary care and many other medical specialties means that patients will be able to receive this care at every venue where patients with substance use disorders seek medical care, such as physicians‟ offices, community clinics, emergency rooms, trauma centers, hospitals and other health care settings.

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ABAM offers a Transitional Maintenance of Certification program for its current diplomates and a public listing of physicians who hold active ABAM certification status. In March, 2016 the American Board of Medical Specialties formally recognized addiction medicine as a multi-specialty subspecialty. Future certification examinations in addiction medicine will be administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.