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

Governor Brown Approves Statewide Program for Early Identification and Treatment of Physicians

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

For the past seven years, California has lacked a coordinated statewide program for early intervention and treatment of physicians who are developing problems with alcohol and drugs. Now, thanks to legislation authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani and signed by Governor Jerry Brown, a program will be created to initiate referral of those physicians to treatment and to monitor those physicians until it can be assured that they may safely resume medical practice. [read full press release]


Continuing Medical Education

Save the Date: Addiction Medicine State of the Art 2017

August 31 - September 3, 2017
Hilton San Francisco Union Quuare
Early Bird Registration Opens January 2015

The 4-day Conference presents an overview of the latest developments in the field and their relevance to clinical practice presented by top experts in the field.  Includes a preparation track for those taking the Addiction Medicine Board Exam


CSAM Releases Papers on Minimum Insurance Benefits for Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Californians with substance use disorders are grossly underserved. According to the 2007 state estimates from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 764,000 Californians needed but didn’t receive treatment for drug use and 2.3 million Californians needed but did not receive treatment for alcohol use.  At the end of 2014, CSAM released  the Consumer Guide and Scorecard for Health Insurance Coverage in California for Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health which revealed that insurance plans often do not meet minimum evidence-based standards for substance abuse treatment. In order to address this disparity, CSAM has produced three papers that propose minimum standards and document the evidence for these.  CSAM plans to meet with insurance providers to discuss the gap between these minimum standards and what is currently provided. These papers were adopted by the CSAM Executive Council on May 19, 2016.


CSAM Webinars Available Online

Webinars present state of the art clinical information and provide an opportunity to link research to clinical practice.  Each webinar offers 1 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credit.  Webinars are free for CSAM and ASAM Members.  Non-Members, $25.


Public Policy

CSAM Cannabis Policy Statements

An initiative to legalize cannabis will appear on the 2016 California ballot. In the advent of policy changes that may increase availability of cannabis, an addictive drug, what are credible and evidence-based positions that prevent addiction, prevent harm to vulnerable populations, and promote access to quality treatment? CSAM believes that it is not necessary to support an initiative to work toward ensuring that whatever initiative is presented or eventually adopted takes measures to mitigate public health harms associated with expanded access to and use of cannabis.

  • CSAM has established recommendations for cannabis policy in the prospect of possible ballot initiatives legalizing cannabis in California. [Read CSAM recommendations]
  • The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Initiative No. 15-0103) is one of several initiatives seeking a place on the 2016 ballot.  CSAM has submitted comments to the initiative's drafters through the California Attorney General's Office. [Read CSAM comments]