The ASAM 49th Annual Conference



The nation’s premiere conference on the latest science, research, best practices and innovations in addiction medicine.

The ASAM 49th Annual Conference is the nation’s premiere conference on the latest science, research, best practices and innovations in addiction medicine. The 2018 program offers seven concurrent sessions per time slot, two pre-conference offerings, and three popular plenary sessions. The conference includes lectures, interactive workshops, and a casual and fun environment.

Participate in the front-running conference that specializes in addiction medicine and:

  • Learn about new tools for diagnosis, treatment, patient care and public policy 
  • Explore the newest research and developments shaping the future of addiction medicine 
  • Network with medical professionals, researchers, leading scientists and policy advocates 
  • Find out about the latest science from leaders of federal agencies and institutions 
  • Discover evidence-based techniques, tools, technologies and practices 
  • Engage in discussions about strategies of integrating addiction medicine into larger health systems

Join Us in San Diego

Join us at ASAM Headquarters, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, a beautiful coastal hotel with sun and sea-inspired design. Many of San Diego’s most exciting attractions are within walking distance of the hotel, including the Gaslamp Quarter, home to fabulous shopping, dining and nightlife. San Diego offers a wealth of family-friendly attractions, including Legoland, San Diego Zoo and the Birch Aquarium. The hotel is located just three miles from the San Diego International Airport. Enjoy stunning views and relax along the San Diego Bay when you join us for The ASAM 49th Annual Conference.

The ASAM 49th Annual Conference begins on Thursday, April 12, 2018, with an opening welcome reception. The conference concludes on Sunday, April 15. 2018. Please note the pre-conference offerings and special off-site session take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

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Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify and describe the new developments affecting the science, policy, and clinical practice of addiction medicine.
  • Compare presented clinical guidelines/best practices with the participant's current practice and identify strengths or gaps.
  • Analyze new research and science to develop practical applications for treatment or further research.
  • Explain recent or upcoming policy changes and identify implications or areas for provider involvement.
  • Create a network of professionals or a set of resources that can be used to support the participant's practice.

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Who Should Attend

  • Physicians and Clinicians
  • Researchers and Academics
  • Counselors and Students
  • Other Healthcare Professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment and care.

Cooperating Organizations

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

CME for Annual Conference and Two Pre-Conference Offerings

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

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Pre-Conference Offerings - Thursday, April 12, 2018

The ASAM Motivational Interviewing Workshop

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

(Separate Registration Required)

ASAM is creating and offering a new workshop on Motivational Interviewing for physicians and clinicians who work with patients with addiction. This workshop has short lectures and will mostly be interactive with attendees demonstrating and conducting Motivational Interviewing techniques.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

The ASAM Pain & Addiction: Common Threads Course XIX

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

(Separate Registration Required)

ASAM’s most popular Pre-Conference Course moves into its 19th year addressing the challenging overlap between pain and addiction. The course will review the latest research and clinical guidelines that address this patient population.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.