The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine is a practical, case-based workshop 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. This workshop will also support providers in emergency care settings who often see patients 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. 


This virtual-live workshop is designed to be energetic and interactive. Attendees will work through session activities and cases presented by faculty with participants at their table. Sessions throughout the day will include approximately equal parts lecture, demonstration of skills and skill building. 



  • 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: Treating Substance Use Disorders With Medication and Counseling
  • Should I Open Pandora’s Box?: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) 
  • When Your Patient says Yes, But!: A “Taste” of Motivational Interviewing


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

ASAM designates this live activity 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 has been awarded the highest level of Accreditation with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Accreditation in the ACCME System seeks to assure the medical community and the public that ASAM delivers education that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence. 


Additional accreditation is noted when available for select workshops. 

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ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour Program 

Attend the live workshop and receive a discount towards the ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour Program!

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-hour CME Program is an innovative educational program designed to empower primary care and other providers who received little education during medical school or training to diagnose and treat patients at risk for or with addiction. To learn more visit

Upcoming Workshops

Virtual-Live Workshops - In Collaboration with MPCA


March 2021 Workshop

Training provided over the course of four days

  • Day 1: Thursday, March 18 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET
  • Day 2: Friday, March 19 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET
  • Day 3: Thursday, March 25 | 3:00 pm - 5:35 pm ET
  • Day 4: Friday, March 26 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET


May 2021 Workshop

Training provided over the course of four days

  • Day 1: Thursday, May 13 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET
  • Day 2: Friday, May 14 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET
  • Day 3: Thursday, May 20 | 3:00 pm - 5:35 pm ET
  • Day 4: Friday, May 21 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET



August 2021 Workshop

Training provided over the course of four days

  • Day 1: Thursday, August 19 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET
  • Day 2: Friday, August 20 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET
  • Day 3: Thursday, August 26 | 3:00 pm - 5:35 pm ET
  • Day 4: Friday, August 27 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET



The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour Program is 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