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ABAM Board Certification

Distinguish Yourself: Become Board Certified in Addiction Medicine

Physicians certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) have the knowledge and skills to provide prevention, screening, intervention and treatment related to substance use disorders and addictions. These addictions can be alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, including illicit drugs and prescription medications.

The ABAM certificate signifies excellence in the practice of Addiction Medicine. It demonstrates that a physician has met vigorous standards through intensive study, assessment and evaluation, and assures the public that a physician has the knowledge, experience and skills to provide high quality patient care. All new ABAM Diplomates are automatically enrolled in the Maintenance of Certification program that begins the following year.


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.