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The mission of the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is to advance the treatment of addiction through education of physicians, physicians-in-training, and other health professionals. Additionally, the Society promotes research, prevention, and implementation of evidence-based treatment.

With over 500 members, CSAM is the largest state chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). It has a growing membership, impactful education, and effective advocacy for members and their patients, upwards leadership in influential state and national roles, and a track record of contributing to the establishment of access to high-quality addiction treatment in California.



  • 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


  • 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
  • Timely e-mail reports to members 


  • 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 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


  • 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 reform


  • 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


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