Created especially for healthcare providers and clinicians who are not addiction specialists, but who see and treat patients with addiction.  


Overview & Introduction

The Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 8-Hour Workshop is created especially for healthcare providers and clinicians who are not addiction specialists, but who see and treat patients with addiction.  This workshop will provide an overview of the basics of addiction medicine which covers how to screen, diagnose, treat and/or refer patients with addiction. Featuring real cases and discussions led by experts, attendees will gain practical knowledge and an understanding of evidence-based approaches that demonstrate there are solutions available to help patients with addiction. This workshop is offered in two formats: online (available on-demand, 24/7) and virtual-live.


To get a taste of this 8-Hour Workshop, click here to participate in a FREE 15-minute interactive preview module from the Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 8-Hour Workshop.


To see a short 1.5-minute introduction video that describes the workshop, click the start button on the video below:



Fundamentals 8-Hour Workshop

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Now that you've learned more about the Fundamentals, register for the Online Workshop which is available on-demand 24/7 to accommodate busy schedules OR register for an upcoming Virtual-Live Workshop.


VIRTUAL-LIVE WORKSHOP: Click dates below to register (The 8-Hour Virtual Live Workshop is offered in a one-day format and over 4 days, 2 hours a day)


One Day Offerings

Four Days Offerings


Interested in Hosting a Fundamentals Virtual-Live Workshop?

Please send an email with subject line “Fundamentals Host” to

Who Should Attend

People who see patients with addiction in primary care, emergency/urgent care, treatment center, or general psychiatry settings, such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, counselors, and other healthcare providers.


The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


ASAM designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


ASAM designates this enduring material for a maximum of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completing the program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify one’s own feelings and attitudes that promote or prevent therapeutic responses to patients with addiction.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the diseased brain processes when treating patients with addiction.
  • Use validated patient screening tools to detect substance use and interpret a spectrum of results.
  • Use motivational interviewing to enhance patient’s readiness to change risky behaviors.
  • Offer the interventions that are appropriate to specific substances and severity of usage pattern.
  • Prescribe pharmacotherapy appropriately for alcohol, tobacco, and opioid use disorders.
  • Offer patients and families information and referral to behavioral interventions including support groups and mutual aid groups that assist in the recovery process.


Three Additional Opportunities

After completing the 8-hour workshop, want to continue to expand your knowledge on addiction medicine? Here are additional education opportunities and resources.


Education Opportunity #1: FREE Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) Series
The Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) is a facilitated, in-depth discussion of real patient cases provided by participants with the opportunity to receive mentoring and feedback from multi-disciplinary addiction expert faculty.­ The series is designed for members of the healthcare team who are new to treating patients with addiction so they can gain additional insights, knowledge, and confidence.


To understand how the format of the FAME series works, watch this video.



Sign up for the FAME 16-week series today by registering for one or all (16) sessions. This is a popular FREE 16-week, two-hour Zoom video conference series and registration is first come, first served. The series began May 18, 2021 and runs through August 31, 2021.


Each two-hour virtual FAME session includes:

  • One 20- to 30-minute didactic presentation on a featured addiction-related topic
  • Two 40-minute case reviews with a panel of multi-disciplinary addiction experts
  • Up to 2 CME credits per session

Upon completion, you will be able to utilize new skills and strategies to help you improve care for patients with addiction.


Education Opportunity #2: More Modules
Explore a library of modules with over 20+ additional hours of CME offerings on in-depth topics especially created to meet the needs of healthcare providers new to treating patients with addiction. Sample topics include: Integrated Care; Opioid Use Disorder; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Substances; Special Populations; Ethical and Moral Dilemmas; Comorbidities; Drug Testing; and Evidence-Based Care/Interventions.


Education Opportunity #3: Resources
Explore a collection of resources that have been especially selected and compiled to meet the needs of healthcare providers new to treating patients with addiction. The collection includes resources on: Neurobiology of Addiction; Screening and Assessment; Diagnosis and Treatment Planning; and Motivational Interviewing. The resources are meant to be a general guide on addiction-related topics. ASAM does not own the resources and materials on this webpage unless noted. Resources are updated regularly; however, if you notice something is outdated or needs to be changes, please send an email with subject line “Fundamentals Resources” to

Enrolled in 40-Hour Program?

Please click here to access the Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour Program. As of April 1, 2021, registration will be no longer available, but current registrants will still have access to complete the course and claim CME.