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 instructions for downloading – 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.



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.

ONLINE Review Courses from 2014:

ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine & ASAM BEST (Board Exam Study Tool) & Session on “Tips on Taking the ABAM Exam” 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, 16.5 CME/$495 (Members)/ $695 (Non-Member); Exam Preparation Track $350; Exam Preparation Track (9 CME); An intensive 3-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 –

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Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment –

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2015 LIVE CME click here for extensive list 

January 2015

Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR) 2015 Annual ConferenceJanuary 14-18, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana

New York Society of Addiction Medicine (NYSAM) 11th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference January 30-31, 2015 New York, New York

February 2015

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Leadership Forum and SAMHSA Prevention Day, February 2-5, 2015, National Harbor, MD,

Addiction Professional Conference – Opioid Dependence Treatment and Pain Management and RecoveryFebruary 2-4, 2015 Anaheim, California, 8.50  Credits for Tues & Wed sessions, 10 credits for a Tour + Tues/Wed, 12.50 credits for the preconference and attend Tues/Wed

The Evolution of Addiction Treatment February 5-8, 2015 Los Angeles, California, 27.5 CE’s area available if the pre-conference and conference are attended in full.

36th Annual Training Institute on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders, February 9 – 12, 2015Clearwater Beach, Florida,

March 2015

AAPM’s 31st Annual Meeting, March 19-22, 2015 National Harbor, MD,

American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence 2015 Conference, March 28 – April 1, 2015, Atlanta, GA,

Innovations in Recovery, March 30 –April 2, 2015, San Diego, CA,

April 2015

Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care, April 13-14, 2015, New Orleans, LA

Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) 2015 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions April 22-25, 2015 San Antonio, TX

ASAM 46th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, April 23 – 26, 2015, Austin, TX,

2nd National Conference on Trauma, Addictions & Intimacy Disorders April 30 – May 2, 2015 Nashville, Tennessee

May 2015

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) Annual Conference May 16-18, 2015 Carlsbad, California

American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting May 16-20, 2015 Toronto, Canada

2015 Annual Idaho Conference on Alcohol and Drug DependencyMay 18-21, 2015 Boise, Idaho, Earn up to 28 CE

Annual West Coast Symposium on Addictive DisordersMay 28-31, 2015 LaQuinta, California

June 2015

2015 NASADAD Annual Meeting, June 1-3, 2015, Charleston, SC, 

UCSD 44th Annual Summer Clinical Institute, June 2-3, 2015, San Diego, CA, 

International Conference on Opioids, June 7-9, 2015, Boston, Massachusetts,, Director: 781-647-7800 /

New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Studies, June 8-15, 2015, Worchester, MA,, EARN UP TO 28 CEUs including up to 6 ethics

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA) 3td Annual Conference June 11-13, 2015 Atlanta, Georgia,

College on Problems of Drug Dependence, June 13-18, 2015, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, AZ,, Credits based on symposiums

2015 National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, June 14-17, 2015, University of Wisconsin – Stout,, 24 credit hours, 2.4 CEU

The International Narcotics Research Conference (IRNC) 2014, June 15-19, 2015, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, AZ,, Information officer:Craig W. Stevens, Ph.D.

2015 ASCP Annual Meeting, June 22-25. 2015, Lowes Miami Beach, Miami, FL,

38th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, June 20-24, 2015, San Antonio, TX,

The 4th Annual MA Society of Addiction MedicineRisk Management Course for All Providers, June 26 – 27, 2015, Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham, MA,

July 2015

The 2015 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) National Convention, July 6-9, 2015 San Francisco, CA,

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) Annual Conference, July 9-11, 2015, Philadelphia, PA,, Credits: 18.5 CME for full, any pre conference meetings earn up to 22 CME

Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies, July 13-15, 2015, Williamsburg, Virginia,, 20-21 CME Hours

C.O.R.E. (Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience 2015 Conference), July 19-22, 2015, Amelia Island, Florida,, Earn up to 19 CME credits from 22 workshops

ER/LA Opioid REMS Pre-Conference Course at The ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine, July 20, 2015, Orlando, FL,

American Society of Addiction Medicine Review Course in Addiction Medicine, July 30- August 1, 2015, Orlando, FL, 21 CME Hours,

August 2015

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Mid-Year Training Institute, August 2-6, 2015, Indianapolis, IN,

American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, August 6-9, 2015, Toronto, Canada,

National Conference on Addictive Disorders (NCAD) and the Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit (BHLS)August 8-11, 2015 St. Louis, Missouri,

American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting, August 22-25, 2015, Chicago, IL,

September 2015

PainWeek Conference, September 8-12, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada,, 120+ hours of CME/CME offered

Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, September 10-13, 2015, Hyannis, Massachusetts,, Earn up to 32.5 credits from 70 diverse workshops

2015 Harold Rodgers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) National Meeting September 16-18, 2015, Washington, DC,

Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) 2015 Annual Conference, September 22-26, 2015, Houston, TX,

Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference, September 24- 25, 2015, St. George, Utah,, Credit 15,

Moments of Change, Sept 28 – Oct 1, 2015, Miami Beach, FL,

October 2015

Global Addiction, October 2015, Budapest, Hungary,

Canadian Psychiatric Association 65th Annual Conference October 1-3, 2015, Vancouver, BC

International Society for Addiction Medicine (ISAM) Annual Meeting  October 5-8, 2015 Dundee, Scotland

5th Annual Lifestyle Intervention Conference, October 5-7, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada,, Earn up to 18 CEU Credits

NAADAC 2015 National Conference October 9-13, 2015, Washington DC,

INCASE (International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education) 2015 National Conference, October 9-13, 2015, Washington DC,

National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) National Conference on Correctional Health CareOctober 17-21, 2015 Dallas, Texas,, 100+ CME Credits Offered

International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) Annual Educational Conference, October 21-24, 2015,Charlotte, NC,

Addiction Medicine State of the Art 2015, Oct 21-24, 2015, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport,

American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP) Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, October 17-21, 2015,San Francisco, CA,

The California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC/CFAAP) Annual Conference, October 2015, San Diego, California,

November 2015

Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) Annual Meeting, November 12-15, 2015 Alberta, Canada,

REFORM: International Drug Policy Reform, November 18-21, 2015 Washington, DC,

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

CSAM Education Center: ABAM Certification Exam Preparation Track Online, Course expires: 12/31/2016 – 12:00pm,, Up to 17 CME

Online SBIRT Training., American Society of Addiction Medicine,, Up to 4 CME

Online Buprenorphine Training, American Society of Addiction Medicine,, Up to 9 CM

American Society of Addiction Medicine ER/LA Opioid REMS Course, Up to 3 CME,

Distance Learning Center for Addiction Studies,

Focus on Integrated Treatment, Hazelden

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.