CSAM 2022 State of the Art Addiction Medicine Conference


» Registration is OPEN!


*Onsite Registration Fees are $50 extra.


(Hotel Reservation Information as well as additional Registration Details are Below!)

CSAM’s State of the Art Conference is the West Coast’s premier Addiction Medicine conference, bringing together physicians and other healthcare professionals who specialize in the treatment of addictive disease.

This three-and-a-half-day conference offers the highest quality education sessions presented by nationally known experts within the field of addiction medicine, research poster sessions, pre-conference workshops, and our highly popular Board Exam Preparation Track.

Whether you’re looking to update your knowledge or add new skills to your toolbox, this conference provides opportunities for learning, networking, and collaboration among peers, colleagues, and friends.

Exhibitors: Interested in supporting CSAM? Many opportunities are available HERE!

» Pre-Conference Workshops & Activities

There will be several pre-conference workshops and activities during the conference on
Wednesday, August 24th:

The Addiction Medicine Board Exam Preparation Track
7:30 am – 4:30 pm 

The Addiction Medicine Board Exam Preparation Track is designed for those preparing to take the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) Addiction Medicine Board Exam and is aligned with the Board’s exam content Blueprint. The *Faculty of experienced educators will cover 16 key topic areas, with sample exam questions and rationale provided for answers. Test-taking and study tips will be covered. Registration for the all-day workshop includes access to the online CSAM High Yield Question Bank after the conclusion of the conference.

Faculty: Chwen-Yuen Angie Chen, MD, FACP, FASAM | Thomas Meeks, MD | Daniel Cox, MD | Dustin DeYoung, MD | Isabella Morton, MD, MPH | Eleasa Sokolski, MD | Rachel Sussman, MD | Warren Yamashita, MD, MPH | Zachary Zwolak, DO, FAAFP, FASAM | Takeo Toyoshima, MD, MRO | Mason Turner, MD, FASAM | Katherine Pier, MD | CME Credits: 7 

Treating Opioid Use Disorder and Managing Chronic Pain in Today’s Epidemic of Overdose Deaths
8:30 am – 12:00 pm 

This ½ day interactive workshop is designed for clinicians prescribing medication for the treatment of addiction and pain management. It will build skills using buprenorphine in the emergency department, hospital and ambulatory settings and managing challenging inductions from fentanyl. An updated comparison on the buprenorphine formulations and clinical use will be provided.  We will help clinicians navigate the current climate of the overdose epidemic and the changing regulatory and Drug Enforcement Agency standards of care which mandate requirements for practice, documentation and record keeping. Topics include: long acting depot buprenorphine, transdermal and sublingual buprenorphine for pain, “low” and “high” dose inductions on to buprenorphine.

Faculty: Matt Torrington, MD, ABAM, ABPM, AAFP, DFASAM | Julio Meza, MD | David Kan, MD, DFASAM | Hannah Snyder, MD | CME Credits: 3

Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement: An Evidence-Based Neuroscience-Informed Treatment for Addiction, Stress, and Pain
8:30 am – 12:00 pm

This introductory workshop provides didactic and experiential instruction in theory, research, and clinical skill practice integral to the implementation of mindfulness-oriented recovery enhancement (MORE). MORE is an evidence-based, transdiagnostic therapy that unites complementary aspects of mindfulness training, third-wave cognitive behavioral therapy, and principles from positive psychology. MORE’s therapeutic effects have been demonstrated in five randomized controlled trials, and the MORE research program is currently supported by more than $25 million in federal research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Faculty: Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW  | CME Credits:

The Missing Link – Food for Recovery
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

People with substance use disorder are suffering from nutritional deficiencies which are rarely addressed during their recovery. Food insecurity and lack of knowledge about nutritional food can jeopardize health and recovery. This interactive workshop provides an overview of the nutritional status and eating habits of people who use drugs and alcohol and/or are in recovery and how to address them. Dr. Linda Shiue, an internist and professionally trained chef will demonstrate easy effective recipes. In addition, you will learn about resources like teaching kitchens to empower your patients on their road to a successful recovery. (Seating is Limited!)

Faculty: Linda Shiue, MD | Ingeborg Schafhalter-Zoppoth, MD  | CME Credits: 2.

Evaluations of Health Professionals for Substance Use Disorders: What Addiction Medicine Specialists Should Know
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm 

This workshop will enhance your ability to effectively evaluate health professionals, and to make accurate diagnoses and recommendations congruent with administrative needs. When an evaluation of a health care professional is required, who does it and what does it include? Learn from the attorneys who represent physicians, from hospital medical staff wellbeing committees and MECs, and from those who specialize in physician fitness for duty evaluations and standards for associated reports. If you order evaluations of health care professionals, conduct evaluations, and submit reports, interpret and use the report, or are an attorney who represents any of those persons/agencies, this workshop is for you.. 

Faculty: Gregory Abrams, Esq |Matthew Goldenberg, DO | David Granovetter, MD | Gail Jara | David Kan, MD, DFASAM | Gregory Skipper, MD  | CME Credits:

(SOLD OUT) Motivational Interviewing for Busy Clinicians and Educators (Limited Seating)
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm 

This workshop will review and teach Motivational Interviewing (MI) tools for treating unhealthy alcohol and drug use and promoting behavior change in primary care and other specialties. Emphasis will be on mentored learning in breakout groups, clinical skills acquisition, and practice. All participants will develop continuing learning plans to increase their proficiency.
(Seating is limited) 

Faculty: Kenneth Saffier, MD, FASAM, Family and Addiction Medicine, Contra Costa County Health Services Department, Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers | Rosemarie Campos Sachs, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor, member of MINT, Inc. | CME Credits: 3.5 

*These pre-conference workshops & activities are subject to change before the final schedule is posted.

» Plenary Sessions

The plenary sessions will be held Thursday, August 25th through Saturday, August 27th. View the full conference schedule HERE or view the full brochure HERE!

  • Addiction Innovation Through the World
  • Alcohol Use Disorder and Liver Transplant
  • Cannabis Use Disorder
  • Contingency Management for SUD Management
  • Easing Access to Care; Low Threshold EMS Buprenorphine
  • Emerging Psychedelic Therapies
  • Integrative Approaches to Recovery
  • Keeping Your Practice Compliant in 2022
  • Methamphetamine Use Disorder Advances
  • Opioids
  • Pregnancy and Women’s Health – Innovations
  • Process Addiction
  • Psychological Models of Care – A Primer
  • Sedative/Hypnotic Use Disorder
  • Spicy Debate: Food Addiction vs. Eating Disorder
  • Tobacco Use Disorder and the Young
  • Trauma and Caring for a Diverse Population  

*These topics are subject to change.

» Conference Fees


» Additional Registration Details

Pre-Conference Workshops: (Wednesday) includes AM and PM Coffee Breaks

Conference Plenary Registration: (Thursday – Saturday) includes Continental Breakfast, Breaks, Lunch, Dessert Reception, Documentary Screening on those days.

One-Day Conference Plenary Registration includes Continental Breakfast, Breaks and Lunch, Dessert Reception, OR Documentary Screening depending on the day you are registered.

ACCESS TO RECORDED CONTENT AFTER THE CONFERENCE: Recordings from this year’s State of the Art Conference will be available at no additional charge to all 2022 SOA registrants approximately 3 weeks after the conference.

CHANGES/CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: To make any changes to your registration, please reach out to Allie Johnson, ajohnson@amgroup.us. Cancellations on or before July 21 are subject to a $200 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellation will be given after July 21. All requests for considerations must be received in writing.

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE: If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the CSAM Office at 415.764.4855.

COVID-19 PROTOCOL: You are aware that any interaction with the public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and communicable health risks more generally. You further acknowledge that you will undertake all measures to protect your own health and well-being and those of others in attendance at CSAM’S 2022 State of the Art Addiction Medicine and Board Exam Preparation Track Conference. By attending CSAM’S Conference, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to infectious diseases, including COVID-19 and agree to hold harmless CSAM and the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, con-tractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury. For the latest updates regarding COVID-19 protocols, click here. These guidelines are subject to change between now and the opening of the CSAM State of the Art Conference. CSAM will follow all CDC and CDPH COVID-19 guidelines that may be in place at the time of the conference and will inform all attendees in advance of those requirements.

» Hotel Information

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Online Reservation Link:

Located in the heart of the San Diego harbor, expect waterfront views, four-star amenities, and a lot of sunshine! The Sheraton hotel is minutes from the San Diego International airport with a complimentary shuttle plus proximity to downtown, Gaslamp Quarter, Ocean Beach, and Petco Park. Dip into one of the three outdoor swimming pools, or rent a kayak, paddleboard, or pedal boat to explore the marina – the options are endless!

Reservations by Phone: 619.291.2900. Be sure to identify yourself as part of the CSAM conference.

Room Reservation Deadline: Monday, August 1, 2022 (Based on Availability)
Check-in: 4:00 p.m. | Check-out: 11:00 a.m.


Cancellations made within 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival will incur a fee equal to one night’s room and tax.


The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina offers complimentary airport shuttle transportation to and from the San Diego International Airport.


Self-Parking Fee: Daily $16 – $41 | Overnight $41
Valet Parking Fee: Daily $22 – $50 | Overnight $50

Optional activities may be purchased at the hotel:

  • Bicycle or non-motorized water sports rental including kayaks, paddleboards and pedal boats or 25% off motorized water sport rentals.
  • Tennis court rental with equipment.
  • Daily Yoga Class (9AM – 10AM).

Subject to change without notice.

» Who Should Attend?

  • Addiction Medicine specialists interested in the latest developments in the field and their relevance to clinical practice.
  • Physicians preparing to take the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) Addiction Medicine Board Exam.
  • Primary care, psychiatry and other specialty field clinicians who want a better understanding of addiction and to improve their care of patients with unhealthy substance use and addictions.
  • Public policy makers, administrators and advocates who want an understanding of the current state of the field of addiction and its greater implications including towards prevention, access to care, integrated systems of care and healthcare technology.
  • Other health care professionals, including psychologists, therapists, nurses, and addiction counselors, who are involved in the treatment of patients with or at risk of substance use.

The California Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

» Poster Abstract Submissions

Poster Abstracts Submission period has ended.
The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) invites you and your colleagues to submit a poster abstract for the 2022 State of the Art Addiction Medicine Conference. CSAM encourages physicians, residents, medical students, and non-physician healthcare professionals from diverse organizations and fields to apply. Poster sessions will be held August 25 and August 26.

» Accreditation Statement

The California Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The California Society of Addiction Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course is a recognized activity for American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Diplomates enrolled in the Transitional Continuous Certification Program (TraCC). This course has been recognized by ABAM. Physicians enrolled in ABAM TraCC can apply a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing the 2022 CSAM State of the Art Conference and Board Exam Preparation Track.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 24 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

The AAFP has reviewed 2022 State of the Art Conference and deemed it acceptable for up to 23.75 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 08/24/2022 to 08/27/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please note, you may claim the following credits for each section of the meeting:

  • CSAM State of the Art Addiction Medicine offers a maximum of 17 credits
  • Board Exam Preparation Track offers a maximum of 7 credits
  • Pre-Conference Workshops offer a maximum of 3.5 credits, depending on the workshop