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

Early Bird Registration Open! Save up to $200. 
CSAM Addiction Medicine Review Course and Board Exam Preparation Track

August 24 - 27, 2017 
Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

This Course presents an overview of the core elements of addiction medicine, presented by top experts in the field. It can serve as a broad review for clinicians, a review of the basics for newcomers, or a starting point for those preparing to sit for the Board of Addiction Exam. Participants sit at tables with a facilitator to guide case discussions. Participants receive a course syllabus on a USB drive with copies of all lecture handouts and selected articles and have the opportunity to purchase a print syllabus. Up to 19 units of AMA/PRA Category 1 Credit. Friday: 7 units; Saturday: 7 units; Sunday: 5 units

CSAM Releases Results of Survey on Insurance Barriers to Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders 

The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) conducted a statewide survey during the September 2016 to assess insurance barriers in California to the treatment of patients with opioid use disorders. A report, authored by David Kan, MD, CSAM President-Elect and Chair of the Committee on Opioids, and approved by the CSAM Executive Council is being circulated to insurance providers and policy makers in California.

This survey documented that insurance-imposed barriers to medically-assisted treatment of opioid dependence continue to exist. Among the survey's findings: 62% of physicians whose patients have insurance coverage find it difficult to access medication-assisted treatment (MAT); 46% experience barriers to maintenance treatment, 47% are unable to prescribe, due to coverage limits, the formulations that they believe are best for the patient, and 35% experience difficulty prescribing the dose needed by their patient.

Read the Report

Continuing Medical Education

CSAM Webinar Series

CSAM is sponsoring a series of 12 monthly webinars designed to support the implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorders in primary care.   

Friday April 28 2017 12:00 noon PDT
Tapering Chronic Opioids

Friday, May 19, 2017 12:00 noon PDT
Naloxone Rescue Kit Prescribing

Friday, June 23, 2017, 12:00 noon PDT
The Grey Zone Patients, Between Chronic Pain and Addiction


Now Online: Essentials of Addiction Medicine 2016

The Essentials of Addiction Medicine Conference provides an in-depth overview of what really is essential in treating addicted patients: from basic epidemiology, pharmacology, and neurobiology, to the challenge of identifying dependent or at-risk patients across many different treatment settings, from the emergency room to the intensive care unit to private practice. Participants will come away with practical knowledge that can be applied to real-world experiences, as well as the knowledge needed to pass the ABMS addiction medicine board exam in the future.


Watch a sample presentation: Addiction in Pregnancy | Mishka Trepan, MD, MPH
45 minutes | Video only (no CME)

Public Policy

Governor Brown Approves Statewide Program for Early Identification and Treatment of Physicians

For the past seven years, California has lacked a coordinated statewide program for early intervention and treatment of physicians who are developing problems with alcohol and drugs. Now, thanks to legislation authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani and signed by Governor Jerry Brown, a program will be created to initiate referral of those physicians to treatment and to monitor those physicians until it can be assured that they may safely resume medical practice. [read full press release]