Fun & Events

Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Churchill, Second Level
Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

New Member and First-Time Attendee Welcome Reception

Fulton, Third Level
Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The ASAM Annual Awards Luncheon

Grand Ballroom A-C, First Level
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 

Draw insight and inspiration from the outstanding ASAM award winners.

Be A Guiding Light: A Special Performance and Session

Grand Ballroom A-C, First Level
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This engaging session is led by Opening Plenary presenter Joseph Green, spoken word artist, educator, and motivational speaker. Be inspired by performances from young people in recovery who spent the day in a spoken word workshop. Be part of this interactive session by participating in a question and answer session with the performers. In the fight for prevention, treatment, and recovery, one of the most profound obstacles is the negative stigma lingering from the days when substance use disorder was treated as a moral failing rather than a disease. Through the power of spoken word poetry, humanity and dignity can be restored to a space that has been denied such for far too long. 


Chemin Royale, First Level
Multiple times

Toss out your typewriters and recycle your rotary phones! Stop by a designated screen during breaks and learn about new apps or websites that can support your professional development, your practice, and your patients. All TechTalks are 15 minutes or less and topics will vary.

twitter chat


Like to Tweet? Snap a pic from daily conference life and post with #ASAM2017 for your change to be featured at the Picture of the Day!

Unwind & Connect

Get a Jump Start! Morning Walk/Run

Meet in Hilton Lobby
Friday, April 7, 2017 | 6:30 am - 7:30 am
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Start the day off right with an invigorating walk or run. Guides will lead participants on designated routes.

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Stretch out the Stress! Morning Yoga

Prince of Wales, Second Level
Friday, April 7, 2017 | 6:30 am - 7:30 am
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Breathe in, breathe out. Join your colleagues for a morning of downward-facing dogs and warrior poses. All levels welcome, mats provided. Namaste.

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The ASAM Big Easy Jazz Reception

River Complex, Outdoor Foyer
Friday, April 7, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!) Join us on the beautiful Mississippi River dock behind the hotel for a taste of the music and food that made the Big Easy famous. Have fun with colleagues before venturing into the city for a tasty New Orleans dinner on your own.  

Meet & Eat - Dutch Treat Dinner

(Dutch Treat = At Your Own Cost)
Friday, April 7, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Meet new people and make new connections while enjoying a casual dinner with colleagues. Visit one of the best restaurants New Orleans offers. Sign up on-site. Dinner is at your own cost—not covered by ASAM. 

BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) Networking Event

Court Assembly, Third Level
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We encourage you to attend The ASAM Annual Awards Luncheon! However, ASAM is offering a lunch location for those who are unable to attend. Purchase and bring your own lunch for an informal chat with colleagues. Engage in interesting conversation with peers—discuss whatever is on your mind.

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Coffee & Beignets at Cafe Du Monde

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Café du Monde is famous across the world for their chicory coffee and fluffy beignets. ASAM conference attendees are world famous for their expertise and insight into addiction medicine. Put these two together and you have a can’t-miss networking event! Just show up—no sign-up required. Coffee and beignets are not covered by ASAM and are at your own cost.