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National Addiction Treatment Week

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“National” Addiction Treatment Week is an initiative which promotes that addiction is a disease, evidence-based treatments are available, and recovery is possible. The week also highlights the need for clinicians to enter the field of addiction medicine. The National Association is a supporting partner in this effort. 

In 2015, 2.3 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder or dependence, but only 1.4 million people were treated. That leaves nearly 1 million people untreated. This fact is reflected in alcohol statistics as nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year, but less than 10% receive treatment. I (we) call on all physicians to treat addiction and save lives. Learn how you can help by visiting

This year marks the second year of the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) Addiction Medicine exam. ABPM offers physicians who are certified by a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) the opportunity to become certified in the subspecialty of addiction medicine. For a limited time period, ABMS board-certified physicians may qualify to take the exam by either meeting the time in practice requirements or completing an addiction medicine fellowship. 

If you are interested in Addiction Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) offers several hours of free online CME covering a variety of addiction topics. Additionally, ASAM is holding a live educational webinar on April 25th with experts from ABPM, ASAM and SAMHSA discussing the pathways to the Addiction Medicine exam, this webinar is free to anyone and offers 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Register for the webinar here:

The online exam application period is April 2 – July 11, 2018. The exam will be offered in a variety of locations from October 15 – November 4, 2018.

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