APSI has been established with the vision of providing a vibrant platform to professionals for promoting excellence in training, research and clinical care in the field of addiction psychiatry. The stated missions of the society includes, developing addiction psychiatry as a specialty; enhancing access to and improving the quality of addiction treatment; educating and training health-care and other professionals, and the general public; collaborating with various global agencies, societies and all stakeholders working in the field of addiction psychiatry. Soon after its inception APSI organized its first professional activity in the form of a Continuing Medical Education (CME) program titled “ICD-11 – Disorders due to substance use and addictive behaviours: Developing a consensus”, on 31 January 2021. The online event held on Zoom and streamed live on YouTube had more than 1000 professionals attending and discussing the nuances of ICD 11 classification and its implications for the field of addiction psychiatry. The society plan to hold periodic academic activities including national level conferences. Currently the APSI is on a membership drive and every month, dozens of professionals have been displaying their interest in joining APSI.
Dr. Atul Ambekar, M.D.
National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre and Department of Psychiatry
All India Institute of Medical Sciences,
New Delhi, India – 110029
ASAM, founded in 1954, is a professional medical society representing over 6,600 physicians, clinicians, and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.
nd addiction to apply essential treatment skills to their practice. www.ASAM.org/ PainandAddiction
Motivational Interviewing Workshop – October 19, 2021 | Virtual-Live Workshop
An interactive workshop designed to introduce and expand participants’ knowledge on utilizing Motivational Interviewing in an addiction treatment setting. www.ASAM.org/ MotivationalInterviewing
State of the Art Course in Addiction Medicine – October 21 – 23, 2021 | Washington, DC
This course is designed specifically for physicians and health care professionals seeking an advanced level of knowledge about breakthroughs in the field of addiction medicine. www.ASAM. org/StateoftheArt
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The ASAM 53rd Annual Conference – Innovations in Addiction Medicine and Science – March 31 – April 3, 2022 | The Diplomat Beach Resort | Hollywood, FL
The ASAM 54th Annual Conference – Innovations in Addiction Medicine and Science – April 13 – 16, 2023 | Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center | National Harbor, MD
The ASAM 55th Annual Conference – Innovations in Addiction Medicine and Science – April 4 – 7, 2024 | Gaylord Texan | Grapevine, TX
The ASAM 56th Annual Conference – Innovations in Addiction Medicine and Science – April 24 – 27, 2025 | Gaylord Rockies | Denver, CO
Argentine Psychiatric Association (ARSAM)
Keynote presentaitons avialable from the 2022 1st ISAM South American Regional Meeting – Congreso RAAC. (25-26 Setiembre 2022, Córdoba, Argentina). Presentations
ABEAD: founded in 1989 in Brazil, It is a non-profit association that does not receive any funding or collaboration from the tobacco, alcohol and/or marijuana industry. ABEAD is a professional team with members from various places all over Brazil and from many areas of interest regarding substance use disorders, drug prevention and public policies.
Membership is mixed in terms of professional qualifications of members and among our members, we have general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, legal practitioners, teachers and people on his/hers recovering process.
We currently have 276 associates. Our mission is the dissemination and encouragement of an informed debate on alcohol, tobacco and other drug policies, and also new trends on all issues surrounding the use of legal and illegal drugs in the country, as well as behavioral addictions. We seek to identify new challenges in the field of substance dependence and be an independent platform that integrates scientific, political and social issues, as well as encourage and promote new scientific research and the exchange of experiences among our members.
ABEAD organizes national and local seminars, lectures, and conferences on the most varied topics in the area addiction, in which there is an exchange of ideas with invited experts from the country and abroad. ABEAD events are annual, but every 2 years, a larger meeting is held – the ABEAD Congress-, together with the ordinary General Assembly of its members, in which professionals from other countries usually also participate.
Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM-SMCA)
The Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine is a national society of medical professionals and scientists committed to helping Canadians understand, accept, and recover from substance use disorders. CSAM-SMCA is the largest organization of regulated healthcare professionals in Canada. Our members include educators, researchers, clinicians and learners. Our primary mandate is to educate health professionals, government leaders, and everyday Canadians about the prevention, assessment, and treatment of substance use disorders in our communities.
The CSAM-SMCA Scientific Conference, held annually, is Canada’s premier online education and networking event for addiction medicine educators, researchers, clinicians and learners. This three-day virtual conference will offer unrivalled access to relevant, curated industry-leading addiction medicine education including scientific research, best practices and evidence-based interventions, care and treatments. A significant proportion of the conference will be dedicated to opioid issues. An important professional networking event for addiction medicine practitioners, the conference also aims to encourage the sharing of diverse perspectives on addiction treatment and recovery. Attendees build authentic relationships that support them in their efforts to work with and advocate for people living with substance use disorders and behavioural addictions.
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The Federation Francaise d'Addictologie (FFA - French Federation of Addictology)
Established in 2001, The FÉDÉRATION FRANÇAISE D’ADDICTOLOGIE (FFA – FRENCH FEDERATION OF ADDICTOLOGY) groups toghether the addiction medicine french actors of care, support and harm reduction, the academic actors of teaching and research, the representatives of the healthcare system users and the french network of healthcare facilities for addiction prevention (member of Health Promoting Hospital International Network).
Today, the 23 associations and learned societies that make up the FFA are bringing together about 1,000 specialized health professionals in a global dynamic of decompartmentalization.
The Finnish Society of Addiction Medicine was founded in 1979 with the purpose of improving the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of addictive disorders in Finland. We are a multidisciplinary society of ca. 350 members. The Society is responsible for the program which provides medical doctors with a special competency in addiction medicine. The Society is active in training and education, and we hold an annual 2-day conference each year in early March. The Finnish Society of Addiction Medicine also strives to support and develop high-quality academic research in the field of addiction medicine in Finland and encourages international collaboration. We feel we have an important role and duty to influence policy making and public opinion to better the lives of persons with addictive disorders and their access to evidence-based treatment.
Icelandic National Center of Addiction Medicine (SAA)
SAA – Icelandic National Center of Addiction Medicine was founded in October 1977 and is responsible for th4e greater part of all alcohol and drug abuse treatment in Iceland.
SAA runs a detoxification center with 70 beds, two inpatient units with 30 beds and 28-day aftercare facilities, two outpatient clinics, three recovery houses and a social center. Every year 1800 individuals are treated at the inpatient units and several thousand Icelanders take advantage of the services offered at the outpatient units and recovery houses.
SAA offers a variety of treatment options and serves patients addicted to alcohol as well as other substances. SAA also runs special treatment programs for adolescents, women, relapse-prone men, families of addicts and alcoholics, and pathological gamblers. The treatment is both at outpatient and inpatient level.
The Nigerian Society of Addiction Medicine(NSAM) is a national society of medical professionals and scientists united in the mission of helping Nigerians understand, accept, and recover from substance use disorders. We believe that education is key to transforming society. Therefore, educating policy makers, health workers, leaders in government, and lay Nigerians about the prevention, assessment, and treatment of substance use disorders in our communities is a priority. We achieve this through in-person and virtual conferences, training workshops, facilitating research, and supporting key policy and guideline development. NSAM provides technical support through her members and committees towards national and state-based guidelines and standards. NSAM is focused on curriculum development at undergraduate and graduate medical settings. Standards are key to ensuring that service users get the best available care wherever they might need it. NSAM also provides a platform for professionals to network, collaborate and share ideas, resources, and experiences.
In 2018, Dr Greg Bunt met with addiction professionals at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, and encouraged the organization of a Philippine Chapter of the International Society in Addiction Medicine (ISAM). The initiative brought together addiction specialists representing the breadth of addiction medicine service provision, training and research. A fledgling organization, it’s membership represents current and future expertise from the academe, clinical service providers, government agencies, policy makers and implementors, and the clients themselves. With a vision to provide synergy for heretofore unlinked addiction medicine initiatives and activities, we gratefully look forward to our engagement with ISAM with excitement and hope.
Enderun Colleges, 1100 Campus Avenue, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines
Portuguese Association of Addiction Medicine - APMA
APMA was formally and legally founded in 1990 by two medical specialists in Psychiatry with a military career under the Ministry of National Defence, Dr. J. Margalho Carrilho and Dr. Jose Leitao. However, since 1980, there has been a whole work of scientific technical fermentation running in the Portuguese Navy, and academically pioneering at World University level, with the fusion of two areas of knowledge, Medicine – Behavior Medicine and Pharmacy – which included screenings in the work environment naval military, of active or recent consumption and abuse of recreational psychoactive substances, by analysis of urine in a forensic toxicology laboratory environment ( «GC / MS ») and later of cotinine and alcohol in expired air.
The foundation of ISAM – International Society of Addiction Medicine is founded at the Betty Ford Center Palm Springs – Californiain 1999. Prof Nady el-Gebaly managed not only to have representations from around 33 countries, but also to commit the host country, the USA, to the highest Governmental level including the former first lady Betty Ford, (president of the board of directors of Betty Ford Foundation), the White House, then under President Bill Clinton, through its Director of the Office of National Control Policy and the Department of State, USAIDS, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
In this first elected Board of ISAM in Palm Springs the President will be the Canadian Prof Nady el – Guebaly, the vice presidents coming from the delegations of Italy, Israel and the USA and as treasurer Dr. J. Margalho Carrilho outgoing President of the APMA (thanks to the support of the numerous Brazilian delegation) who will be replaced a year later at his request by the representative of Argentina.
In 2006 ISAM (International Society of Addiction Medicine) holds its World Congress in Portugal, with the Department of Psychiatry of the Faculty of Medicine of Porto – Professor António Pacheco Palha.
In 2019, Professor Cristina Ribeiro and Professor Rui Tato Marinho, with their team, started the work of the glorious Portuguese Association of Addiction Medicine (APMA) in order to revive it and maintain high standards in the area of learning and teaching of addiction. Addiction Medicine, contribute to the growing professional dignity and promote scientific, technical, cultural, organizational, ethical and human improvement in this clinical area.
Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM) – RACP
RACP – Royal Australasian College of Physicians Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM) is the peak body for addiction medicine physicians in Australia and New Zealand. RACP connects, represents and trains Physicians and trainee physicians across Australia and New Zealand.
Membership to the RACP affords physicians and paediatricians various benefits and continual care support as they progress through their careers. Current membership is 250.
This society was founded in 2015 with a membership of professionals working in the field of addiction. The Membership of 88 is mixed in terms of professional qualifications of members
Turkiye Addiction Psychiatry Association - BPD
Name of Association: Association of Addiction Psychiatry (BPD)/ Bağımlılık Psikiyatrisi Derneği (in Turkish)
Headquarters of the Association: Ankara. It does not have any branches.
Purpose of the Association: To carry out necessary scientific and social studies in the field of Addiction Psychiatry.
– It can organize post-graduate training and practice activities in the field of addiction at all levels and in multidisciplinary fields. Prepares report on results.
– Prepares and distributes printed and audio-visual publications for scientific purposes.
– It organizes national and international congresses, conferences, seminars, open sessions, panels, symposiums, workshops and similar scientific meetings in the field of addiction.
– Other associations and institutions cooperate and collaborate.
– Establishes facilities as specified in Article 41 of the law of associations to carry out these works