Become Certified/Exam

In 2009, ASAM transferred the certification examination to the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). The next examination will be October 17, 2015. For more information, visit ABAM's website at

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

  • The ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine - 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 recieve complimentary access before the course to the Board Examination Study Tool.

  • Board Examination Study Tool (BEST) - The ASAM Board Examination Study Tool (BEST) is a internet-based bonus feature included in registration for The ASAM Review Course. The tool will help prepare examinees in an 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. 

  • e- Live Learning Center - Review audio-synced PowerPoint presentations from the 2014 and 2012 ASAM Review Courses while earning CME.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 and other Live Courses.

  • 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!