About CSAM

CSAM is a professional society representing close to 400 physicians dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addictions.  CSAM is a State Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

A key focus of ASAM and CSAM is working, together with the American Board of Addiction Medicine, toward the recognition of addiction medicine as a specialty by ABMS including establishing fellowships in addiction medicine.

Education

  • The annual Review Course or State of the Art Course (alternating years).  One of the premiere addiction medicine conferences in the country featuring nationally known speakers on cutting-edge topics.
  • Local "Evenings of Addiction Medicine" and journal clubs offering discussion with colleagues on current clinical topics and research.
  • Outreach to primary care physicians to improve screening and treatment of addiction.
  • Training and scholarships to conferences for physicians-in-training
  • Preparation for those taking the ABAM Certification Exam

Communications

  • CSAM News is published three times a year. It features articles of clinical interest as well as reports of activities and projects of like-minded colleagues throughout the State.
  • Website with physician locator and extensive resources for addiction specialists and the general public
  • Monthly e-mail reports to members 

Physician Well-Being 

  • The CSAM Committee on the Well-being of Physicians develops guidelines and information for physician health activities.
  • CSAM, and the California Medical Association, the California Psychiatric Association, the California Hospital Association and the Permanente Medical Group, are the founding partners of the California Public Protection and Physician Health, Inc., a  a non-profit state-wide organization  formed to meet the needs of the medical community and the public after the close of the Medical Board of California's Diversion Program for Physicians in 2008.  For additional information, see www.CPPPH.org

Public Policy

  • CSAM provides the voice of the addiction medicine specialist on public policy and clinical issues in California.
  • CSAM develops white papers on key policy issues, setting the framework for debate and discussion
  • Advocates for parity for addiction treatment including in health care refor.

Opioid Dependence

  • Advocates for evidence-based treatment of opioid dependence including in rural areas and in the criminal justice system
  • Trains physicians in Narcotic Treatment Programs and publishes a guideline for physicians in these programs
  • Trains physicians in the use of buprenorphine in office-based practice
  • Works to prevent diversion of prescription medications while opposing ineffective regulations

Access to Treatment

  • Works to ensure insurance coverage for evidence-based treatment of addiction.

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