American Society of Addiciton Medicine




ASAM is the largest leading professional society actively seeking to define and expand the field of addiction medicine. You do not need to be board-certified in addiction medicine to join ASAM.

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ASAM provides helpful tools, resources, and special courses designed for you as a licensed practicing physician. We also offer international and retired membership opportunities for those who qualify. 

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About Board Certification

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), in 2016,  officially recognized addiction medicine as a medical subspecialty. ABMS recognizes physicians certified by the  American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) and psychiatrists certified by the  American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in addiction medicine.

In 2020, the  American Osteopathic Association (AOA) began recognition of DOs who become certified in addiction medicine and launched its board exam for DOs to become certified.

The  American Medical Association (AMA), in 1988, granted the American Society of Addiction Medicine a seat, with a vote, in the AMA House of Delegates (and today, ASAM has two seats). In 1990, the AMA recognized addiction medicine as a "self-designated specialty," and has designated a specific code ("ADM') that physicians can select as their specialty, and that will be listed as such in the AMA Physician Masterfile.