Mission Statement Physicians dedicated to improving the treatment of substance use disorders. A State chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Continuing Medical Education

Online Version of the 2014 Addiction Medicine Review Course and ABAM Certification Exam Preparation Track

What people are saying about the 2014 Review Course:

  • “Absolutely outstanding in terms of material presented. Found the conference stimulating, motivating and thought provoking. I feel the energy to change and educate the world about this epidemic of addiction that affects all of us.”
  • “One of the best conferences ever attended; well organized, excellent and knowledgeable presenters, and friendly staff.  It helped me to prepare for the exam and now I feel more confident to take the test.”
  • “This is simply the most well organized, clinically effective, and efficient conference I've attended in my 20 years in medicine.”

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Vote NO on Proposition 46

CSAM has joined a broad and bipartisan coalition of doctors, community health centers, hospitals, local governments, public safety, business and labor unions, education groups, community groups and many others to fight against Proposition 46.  Proposition 46's main provision will quadruple the non-economic damages cap on California's successful Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), the law that governs legal proceedings if someone is injured in a medical procedure. This change will triple trial lawyers' legal fees in the non-economic damages portion of medical lawsuits filed against doctors and hospitals. The end result will be increased health care costs across all sectors by $9.9 billion annually. That amounts to more than $1,000 a year in higher health costs for the average California family.  [more info...]

Vote YES on Proposition 47

CSAM urges you to vote YES on Proposition 47, The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014, that will change sentencing for low-level nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors and direct financial savings to K-12 schools, mental health treatment, and victim services.  For more information go to the campaign website.

Public Policy

Governor Signs Bills of Importance to Addiction Medicine

Groundbreaking laws were recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown increasing access to sterile syringes and making the overdose antidote naloxone available in California pharmacies and for use by first responders and law enforcement. The Governor and the legislature have acted on the calls of addiction medicine physicians and others to prevent needless overdose deaths, curb the spread of disease, and prioritize saving lives over failed drug war policies.  [more information]

Remembering Max Schneider

CSAM mourns the passing of Max Schneider, MD, a leading figure in the field of addiction medicine for the last 50 years.

Among many other accomplishments, he was a former President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and served as Chairman of the Board of the  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

CSAM has created a web page to honor Dr. Schneider's life and accomplishments.  We invite CSAM members and others who knew Max to share their remembrances by adding a comment.  [Go to Remembering Max Schneider page]