Mission Statement Physicians dedicated to improving the treatment of substance use disorders. A State chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

New Consumer Guide and Scorecard Rates Covered California Health Plans on Coverage for Addiction Treatment

With the advent of new health care legislation, the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) saw the opportunity to rate the quality of and access to addiction care. This scorecard is a guide to educate consumers shopping for health care plans about where to find the best addiction treatment coverage.


Continuing Medical Education

Online Version of the 2014 Addiction Medicine Review Course and ABAM Certification Exam Preparation Track

What people are saying about the 2014 Review Course:

  • “Absolutely outstanding in terms of material presented. Found the conference stimulating, motivating and thought provoking. I feel the energy to change and educate the world about this epidemic of addiction that affects all of us.”
  • “One of the best conferences ever attended; well organized, excellent and knowledgeable presenters, and friendly staff.  It helped me to prepare for the exam and now I feel more confident to take the test.”
  • “This is simply the most well organized, clinically effective, and efficient conference I've attended in my 20 years in medicine.”

More information and purchase online course
Purchase Conference Syllabus and Addiction Medicine Study Guide


Save the Date: Addiction Medicine State of the Art 2015

October 21-24, 2015
Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport
Early Bird Registration Opens January 2015

The 4-day Conference presents an overview of the latest developments in the field and their relevance to clinical practice presented by top experts in the field.


CSAM Receives Accreditation with Commendation from IMQ/CMA

On November, 20, 2014, CSAM's education program was awarded a 6-year accreditation with commendation by the California Medical Association / Institute for Medical Quality.  Six-year accreditation is the highest accreditation awarded by the CMA/IMQ and is awarded to only a small percentage of CME providers. While CSAM’s CME activities have long met CMA/IMQ’s high standards, receiving Accreditation with Commendation is a first for CSAM.

This recognition is testament to the high quality of CSAM’s CME and the work of the Education Committee (Chaired by Monika Koch, MD and Jean Marsters, MD for the period reviewed) and others involved in CSAM's education program. 

Public Policy

Positive Votes on Proposition 46 and Proposition 47

Californian's cast their votes on two ballot measures of special note yesterday. CSAM wrote to you previously about these and is pleased to report the positive outcomes:

  1. Voters voted down Proposition 46, which would have made California the first state in the country to impose random, mandatory drug testing of all physicians.
  2. Voters passed Proposition 47 and California is now the first state to end felony sentencing for simple drug possession. 


Remembering Max Schneider

CSAM mourns the passing of Max Schneider, MD, a leading figure in the field of addiction medicine for the last 50 years.

Among many other accomplishments, he was a former President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and served as Chairman of the Board of the  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

CSAM has created a web page to honor Dr. Schneider's life and accomplishments.  We invite CSAM members and others who knew Max to share their remembrances by adding a comment.  [Go to Remembering Max Schneider page]