The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 8-hour Online Workshop is an innovative, case-based training designed for providers who are relatively new to the field of addiction medicine, such as primary care physicians, clinicians, and behavioral health specialists, who see patients at risk for or with addiction.

Addiction as a disease continues to cost the global community a staggering amount both financially and in lives lost, but there are treatments available to help patients. Participants of this workshop will learn more about addiction medicine and how to screen, diagnose, treat, and/or refer patients with addiction – many of whom have co-occurring medical and psychiatric comorbidities. 

Online Format

The 8-hour online workshop is designed to give participants unable to attend the live workshop the same baseline knowledge in an online, case-based, self-paced format.

Participants will work through four sections of interactive content. Sessions feature didactics from national experts, skills practice such as practice worksheets for screening and assessment tools, discussion forums, and knowledge checks. 


Workshop Topics

  • Meeting Our Patient: An Introduction to Addictive Disorder
  • A Brain on Drugs: The Clinical Manifestations of the Neurobiology of Addiction
  • Identifying Unhealthy Substance Use: Assessment
  • For Every ill, There May Be a Pill: Assessing and Treating Substance Use Disorders (with a focus on Alcohol, Tobacco and Opioids)
  • Should I Open Pandora’s Box?: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and a “Taste” of Motivational Interviewing

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify one's own feelings and attitudes that promote or prevent therapeutic responses to patients with substance use disorders. 
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the diseased brain processes when treating patients with substance use disorders.
  3. Use validated patient screening tools to detect substance use and interpret a spectrum of results.
  4. Use motivational interviewing to enhance patients readiness to change risky behaviors.
  5. Offer the interventions that are appropriate to specific substances and severity of usage pattern.
    • Respond to hazardous drinking with brief counseling strategies, appropriate to the patient's readiness to change.
    • For patients suspected of having a SUD, conduct a biopsychosocial assessment to provide a diagnosis and match the patient to an appropriate level of care.
  6. Prescribe pharmacotherapy appropriately for alcohol, tobacco, and opioid use disorders.
  7. Offer patients and families information and referral to behavioral interventions including support groups and mutual aid groups that assist in the recovery process.

Continuing Medical Education Credit

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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



This activity has been approved by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #295, ASAM is responsible for all aspects of the programming.


American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.


American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Organizers plan to request 8 AAPA Category 1 CME credits from the AAPA Review Panel. The total number of approved credits is yet to be determined.


American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

This education activity is pending approval by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners of up to 8 contact hours of accredited education.


AMA/AAFP Equivalency

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.


California Association for Drug/Alcohol Educators (CAADE)

This educational program is approved by CAADE: #CP40 999 1222.


California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP)

This educational program is approved by CADTP, Provider #205.


The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM)

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) has approved this activity for a maximum of 8 LLSA credits towards ABPM MOC Part II requirements.


American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)

ABIM Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 8 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Interested in a Live Workshop?

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine workshop is also available as a live, in-person (8 hours) training. Additional fees may apply for live-in-person events. Learn more here.

Other Components

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine is a broad program comprised of five activities (defined below) that together equal a total of 40 CME hours.  Click on the links below to learn more about each component of the program.


Primary care providers will learn how to effectively identify and treat adult outpatients at risk for or with substance use disorders.  


Providers and other members of the healthcare team interested in learning more about addiction medicine in the primary care, emergency/urgent care, treatment centers, and behavioral health settings including:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses (NPs and RNs)
  • Physician Assistants
  • Counselors and Social Workers

Workshop Staff

  • Samantha Cribari-Starr, Director, Professional Development 
  • Arlene C. Deverman, CAE, Chief Learning Officer, Education & Professional Development
  • Shelbi Stovall, Coordinator, Professional Development

Planning Committee

  • Miriam S. Komaromy, MD, FACP, DFASAM (Chair) 
  • Peter L. Selby, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, DFASAM (Immediate Past Chair) 
  • Angela L. Colistra, PhD, LPC, CAADC, CCS
  • Zwaantje H. Hamming, FNP-C, CARN-AP
  • Jill R. Mattingly, DHSc, MMSc, PA-C
  • Kirk D. Moberg, MD, PhD, FASAM, FACP, FAAPL, CPE, MRO
  • Lipi Roy, MD, MPH, DABAM
  • Kenneth A. Saffier, MD, FASAM 
  • Mario F. San Bartolomé, MD, MBA, MRO, QME, FASAM 
  • J. Paul Seale, MD, FASAM