The ASAM Annual Conference

April 23-26, 2015  
Hilton Austin │500 East 4th Street │Austin, TX


Addiction is a chronic brain disease and there are treatments available to help patients.

What is ASAM?

ASAM is a professional society representing over 3,200 physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment; educating physicians, other medical professionals and the public; supporting research and prevention; and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.

What is the NEW ASAM 46th Annual ConferenceInnovations in Addiction Medicine and Science? 

The ASAM Annual Conference is the nation’s premiere event providing the latest innovations and scientific developments in Addiction Medicine. The annual conference has been re-named (formerly the ASAM Medical-Scientific Conference, nicknamed Med-Sci) to reflect some exciting new changes in format and structure to provide learning in a more interactive, casual and fun environment.  Annual Conference Photo Banner

Join the largest gathering of addiction physicians, psychiatrists, clinicians, researchers and academicians who treat and help patients with substance use disorders in Austin, TX on April 23 – 26, 2015.  Meeting highlights include; Symposia, Workshops, Poster Sessions, Special Focus Sessions and New Fun Events designed to allow more casual learning and networking.  Participate in the front-running conference that specializes in addiction medicine;

  • Learn about new strategies for diagnosis, treatment, patient care and public policy 
  • Explore the newest developments defining the field of addiction medicine 
  • Network with medical professionals, clinicians, researchers, leading scientists and policy advocates 
  • Find out about the latest science from leaders of federal agencies and institutions 
  • Discover the newest technologies, techniques, tools and practices 
  • Engage in discussions about strategies of integration of addiction medicine and primary care

Join us in Austin 

Austin is named as one of the friendliest cities in America and continues to gain favorability as one of the nation’s top travel destinations. Austin has state-of-the-art infrastructure and world-class hotels nestled in the center, and the heart, of the city. 

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Years ago when people talked about Austin they would quickly mention the music.But that's just the beginning of what people are saying these days. Austin is home to a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful outdoor spaces. Within a few walkable blocks of the hotel, attendees will find the famous Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail and legendary live music venues along with the Historic 6th Street Entertainment District, the Warehouse & 2nd Street District, the Texas State Capitol building and the LBJ Library and University of Texas.

The ASAM headquarters hotel, the Hilton Austin, is a beautiful hotel only seven miles from the airport and nestled in the lively downtown center of Austin surrounded by the city’s vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment scene. The Hilton Austin is the ideal venue for the ASAM Annual Conference. Click here, for more information.

Educational Purpose

To present the most up-to-date information, research, guidance and policy discussion for professionals in the addiction medicine field.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to: 

  • Employ current and new clinical approaches to treatment in a variety of settings. 
  • Utilize and promote evidence-based approaches for clinical treatment of substance abuse disorders. 
  • Recognize issues addressed in treating individuals in diverse and special populations or with special physical, health and mental illnesses. 
  • Identify and diagnose substance use disorders in clinical populations. 
  • Describe the development of new science and treatments in addiction medicine.

Who Should Attend

  • Any ASAM member and non-members, physicians, psychiatrists, clinicians, researchers, counselors, students, academicians, and other health care professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment and care. 
  • A physician currently practicing in the field of addiction medicine and wanting to learn the latest scientific information available in addiction medicine. 
  • A practicing physician in primary care or another specialty field seeking to learn more about addiction medicine. 
  • An early-career physician, investigator, researcher or health care professional with a specialty in addiction medicine. 
  • Professionals working with special and diverse patient populations such as military and other organizations.

Cooperating Organizations

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  

Pre-Conference Courses - April 23, 2015

In addition to the 3-day Annual Conference, on Thursday, April 23, 2015, ASAM will be offering the following two pre-courses for additional CME:

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The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine - A Live Course

8:00 am - 5:30 pm (Additional Fees Apply)

Addiction is a chronic brain disease and there are treatments available to help patients. The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine is an interactive practical, case-based course designed to support primary care physicians and general psychiatrists in their clinical treatment of patients at risk for or with substance use disorders (SUD).

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Pain & Addiction Common Threads XVI - A World without Opioids?

8:00 am - 5:30 pm (Additional Fees Apply)

In its sixteenth consecutive year, the Pain & Addiction Course: Common Thread XV, explores a world without opioids and will cover topics such as; an Introduction to Motivational Interviewing, Chronic Back Pain/ Neuropathic/ Failed Back Syndrome, the High-Dose Opioid Patient, “Real Pain” Post Trauma/ CRPS/ Post-Herpetic Neuralgia, the Migraine Patient and more.

Questions? Contact ASAM’s Education Department

American Society of Addiction Medicine
4601 North Park Avenue
Upper Arcade, Suite 101
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-4520
Education Department
Phone: 301-656-3920 | Fax: 301-656-3815 | Email: | Web:

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