Addiction Psychiatry

In 1991, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) established Addiction Psychiatry as a subspecialty in psychiatry. To achieve the subspecialty certification, the psychiatrist must: More


Education and Training

APA provides a variety of training opportunities for physicians who wish to learn more about substance use disorders, including:


Providers' Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSSMAT)

PCSS-MAT is national training and mentoring project developed in response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic and the availability of newer pharmacotherapies to address opioid use disorder. The overarching goal of PCSS-MAT is to make available the most effective medication-assisted treatments to serve patients in a variety of settings, including primary care, psychiatric care, and pain management settings.

This collaborative project is funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and includes the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry as the lead organization and the APA, American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine as partner organizations. The project’s website is accessible at www.pcssmat.org.

As a PCSS-MAT partner, the APA offers webinars presented by nationally recognized clinical experts, researchers, and government officials. Each session is FREE and CME credit is available to webinar participants.

Webinars are presented the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Sessions are recorded and made available with or without the CME option.

Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O)

Physicians’ Clinical Support System for Buprenorphine (PCSS-B)


Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

A number of Federal agencies and offices promote Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) as a mechanism to address the health and societal consequences of substance abuse and addiction. Clinicians are encouraged to screen their patients for drug and alcohol use/abuse and provide treatment or referral to treatment when indicated. The following organizations offer an array of resources.


Addiction Resources

Find additional resources for Addiction Psychiatry, including opportunties for residents and medical students, federal resources and programs, and related organizations.

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