Become Certified/Exam

In 2009, ASAM transferred the certification examination to the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). The next examination will be November 15, 2014 and the last deadline to apply for the exam is July 15, 2014. See ABAM's website for details about exam deadlines, fees and other information.

A physician certified by ABAM is board certified. For more information about ABAM, certification in addiction medicine, and information about the exam, please visit their website at

ASAM offers several study resources for physicians wishing to take the exam. These include:

  • ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine, September 18 - 20, 2014 | Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek | Orlando, FL

    The course features a three-day program of the core content of addiction medicine presented by experts in the field, supported by an extensive print and electronic syllabus. The course includes special sessions on topics such as: What to Expect of the Certification Exam, where test developers and recent examinees will explain how questions are developed, administered and scored; What to Expect the Day of the Exam; and How to Prepare. Registrants will get complimentary access before the course to the Interactive Exam Preparation, which is an interactive internet-based learning tool that includes study material and competency test questions. The online tool will help prepare examinees in an interactive and engaging format, and allow users to bookmark pages, highlight text, and take notes about key points for future reference as well as mark sections complete once they have been reviewed. 

    More information is available online.

  • 2014 Board Examination Study Tool (BEST) - The ASAM 2014 Board Examination Study Tool (BEST) replaces the 2012 IEP and is a bonus feature included in registration for The ASAM 2014 Review Course. Access to the BEST for individuals not attending the 2014 Review Course will be available for purchase starting in August 2014.

  • Interactive Exam Preparation (IEP) - Designed to help prepare for certification/recertification examination in an interactive and engaging format, this internet-based learning tool includes study material and competency test question.  Order the IEP today by clicking here.

  • Review Course 2012: Audio-synched PowerPoint presentations from the 2012 course can be accessed through our e-Live Learning Center.

  • Textbook: The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, 5th Edition
    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. Purchasers get automatic access to a searchable online app version of the book that can be accessed where ever you are and includes over 200 chapter review questions.

    To learn more and order click here or call ASAM's publisher Lippincott at 1-800-638-3030.

  • Textbook: Principles of Addiction Medicine, The Essentials
    Carefully distilled from the authoritative resource in addiction medicine, The ASAM 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.

    To learn more and order click here or call ASAM's publisher Lippincott at 1-800-638-3030.

  • ASAM Membership
    Join ASAM and get access to many more resources, including:
    - Journal of Addiction Medicine - the bimonthly journal that covers the latest research on addiction medicine.
    - Discounts on CME courses, including online courses through our e-Live Learning Center.
    - Discounted registration rates for the Review Course in Nashville, TN in September.
    To Join: Call 301-656-3920 or join online.

  • ASAM Weekly
    A weekly news brief that is delivered to your inbox every Tuesday with the latest news and research in addiction medicine. Subscription is free!  Click here to subscribe.