Overview & Introduction
Fundamentals; An Introduction
Fundamentals 8-Hour Workshop
Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) Series
More Modules & Resources

Overview & Introduction

The Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 8-Hour Workshop is created especially for healthcare providers and clinicians who are not addiction specialists but who see and treat patients with addiction. This workshop will provide an overview of the basics of addiction medicine needed to screen, diagnose, treat and/or refer patients with addiction. Featuring real cases and discussions led by experts, attendees will gain practical knowledge and an understanding of evidence-based approaches that demonstrate there are solutions available to help patients with addiction. This workshop is offered in two formats: online (available on-demand, 24/7) and virtual-live.

To get a taste of this 8-Hour Workshop, click here to participate in a FREE 15-minute interactive preview module from the Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 8-Hour Workshop.

To see a short 1.5 minute introduction video that describes the workshop, click the start button on the video below:

Fundamentals 8-Hour Workshop

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Now that you've learned more about the Fundamentals, register for the Online Workshop which is available on-demand 24/7 to accommodate busy schedules OR register for an upcoming Live Workshop.

LIVE WORKSHOP: Click dates below to register (the 8-Hour workshop is offered in a one day or two day format and delivered in-person and virtually)

One Day Offering (In-Person)
Two Day Offering (Virtual)
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Who Should Attend

Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and behavioral health specialists. It is designed for those new to treating patients with addiction and for individuals who have had little or no addiction training. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completing the program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify one’s own feelings and attitudes that promote or prevent therapeutic responses to patients with substance use disorders
  • Apply the philosophy of harm reduction to enhance patient centered care for people with substance use disorders 
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the neurobiological changes that occur during addiction 
  • Use validated patient screening tools to detect substance use and interpret a spectrum of results
  • Use motivational interviewing to enhance patient’s readiness to change unhealthy behaviors 
  • Conduct substance use assessments using the DSM 5 criteria and including a biopsychosocial approach
  • Offer evidence-based pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions that are appropriate to specific substances and usage patterns 

Education Opportunity #1: FREE Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) Series

The Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) is a facilitated, in-depth discussion of real patient cases provided by participants with the opportunity to receive mentoring and feedback from multi-disciplinary addiction expert faculty.­ The series is designed for members of the healthcare team who are new to treating patients with addiction so they can gain additional insights, knowledge, and confidence. ­

Click here to view recorded sessions from the May 18-August 31, 2021 FAME series

Each two-hour virtual FAME session includes:

  • One 20-to-30-minute didactic presentation on a featured addiction-related topic
  • Two 40-minute case reviews with a panel of multi-disciplinary addiction experts
  • Up to (2) CME credits per session

Upon completion, you will be able to utilize new skills and strategies to help you improve care for patients with addiction. 

Education Opportunity #2: More Modules

Explore the library of modules with over 20+ additional hours of CME offerings on in-depth topics especially created to meet the needs of healthcare providers new to treating patients with addiction. Sample topics include: Integrated Care; Opioid Use Disorder; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Substances; Special Populations; Ethical and Moral Dilemmas; Comorbidities; Drug Testing; and Evidence-Based Care/Interventions.
*Note: Separate registration is required.  (Fee may apply)

Education Opportunity #3: Resources

Explore a collection of resources that have been especially selected and compiled to meet the needs of healthcare providers new to treating patients with addiction. The collection includes resources on: Neurobiology of Addiction; Screening and Assessment; Diagnosis and Treatment Planning; and Motivational Interviewing. The resources are meant to be a general guide on addiction-related topics. ASAM does not own the resources and materials on this webpage unless noted. Resources are updated regularly; however, if you notice something is outdated or needs to be changes, please send an email with subject line “Fundamentals Resources” to

Enrolled in 40-Hour Program?
Please click here to access the Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour Program. As of April 1, 2021 registration will be no longer available, but current registrants will still have access to complete the course and claim CME.