The ASAM 49th Annual Conference



Thank You for a Record-Breaking 49th Annual Conference!

The ASAM 49th Annual Conference was an enormous success. ASAM sends a heartfelt thanks to everyone who came to San Diego, CA to attend the conference. Here are just a few of the records we set this year:

Registered attendees2,325
Pre-conference course registrations742

What a wonderful week! Looking forward to seeing all of you and more at The ASAM 50th Annual Conference in Orlando, FL! Registration open August 2018.

Be Innovative. Be Informed. Be Inspired.

Be There.

Looking for the best in addiction medicine and science? The ASAM 49th Annual Conference is the nation’s premiere event showcasing the latest science, research, best practices and innovations in addiction medicine. The 2018 program offers more quality education, networking opportunities, and access to thought-leaders than ever. Join over 2,000 colleagues in San Diego for innovative, interactive, and incredible experiences! 

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.

Join Us in San Diego

Join us at the ASAM Annual Conference Headquarters hotel, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, a beautiful coastal hotel with spectacular views of the city and San Diego Bay. The hotel is located three miles from the San Diego International Airport. Many of San Diego’s most exciting attractions are within walking distance of the hotel, including the Gaslamp Quarter, home to fabulous shopping and dining. San Diego offers a wealth of nearby attractions, including the famous San Diego Zoo, the Birch Aquarium, and Legoland.

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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

Healthcare professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment and care, including:

  • Physicians and Clinicians
  • Researchers and Academics
  • Students and Retirees
  • Counselors and Policymakers

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 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. See details in the online conference brochure.

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

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. See details in the online conference brochure.

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

Creating Innovative and Successful Treatment Outcomes

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (SOLD OUT) or 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (SOLD OUT)

(Separate Registration Required)

Note: Concurrent with Pre-Conference Offerings

Experience the world-famous Betty Ford Center in San Diego. Learn about their unified system of care, moving from expert clinical intervention to self-management, and advancements in medical education on addiction. Programs covered include Comprehensive Opioid Response with Twelve Steps (COR-12™), Young Adult Program, feedback-informed treatment, uses of technology in recovery environments, and Medical and Professional Education (MPE). A separate fee of $35 is required to attend this special tour/educational event and transportation is included. A portion of all registration proceeds will be donated to the Betty Ford Center.

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