The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CSAM takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

CSAM designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 26 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

Review Course: 19 Units (Friday: 7.5; Saturday: 7.25; Sunday: 4.25)

Pre-Conference Workshops: 7 units (3.5 for morning workshop; 3.5 for afternoon workshop; 7 for full-day workshop)

Interactive Self-Assessment (online material): 15 units.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC): The conference has applied for MOC Credit from the American Board of Addiction Medicine, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

AAFP Prescribed Credit is pending.

DRUG ABUSE COUNSELORS: CSAM has been approved as California Association of Drug Abuse Counselors Education Provider 4C-05-415-0411. All applying credit should report their hours directly.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The California Board of Psychology accepts CME courses accredited by the California Medical Assoc. for continuing education credit. In other states, psychologists should check with their state board.

THERAPISTS: This course meets requirements for up to 1 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, MFCCs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The provider number is PCE 3447.

NURSES: The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes Category 1 CME for RN license renewal purposes. Nurses may report Category 1 CME on a one-to-one basis. Write Category 1 CME in place of a provider number when reporting credits.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS: The American Academy of Physician Assistants and the NCCPA accept Category 1 Physician CME on a one-for-one basis.

PHARMACISTS: Pharmacists may use courses that have been approved for continuing education by the Medical Board of California towards their California continuing education requirement.


Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in both tolerant and non-tolerant individuals;
  • Understand the basic neurobiological, behavioral, and genetic mechanisms of addiction;
  • Describe the main drugs of abuse, their pharmacology, and specifics associated with the diagnosis, detoxification, and treatment for each, and apply in clinical situations;
  • Apply in treatment an understanding of the main features of related psychological disorders seen in patients suffering from substance abuse disorders.