Adam is an Honorary Clinical Professor at the Institute of Epidemiolgy and Health Care, University College London. He is a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine specialist based in London. He has published over 120 papers, and is the founder and director of Global Drug Survey, which runs the biggest drug survey in the world.
He qualified as a medical doctor (MBBS) in 1991, and obtained his MRCP in 1994. After practicing for six months, Adam commenced his training as a psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital and obtained his MRCPsych in 1997. He then spent four years as clinical lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry (IOP London) obtaining an MSc in 1999, and a CSST in general adult psychiatry and addiction psychiatry in 2001.
Adam moved to Australia in 2002, taking up the role of Clinical Director for the South West Sydney Area Health Service Drug and Alcohol Service, and becoming a Senior Lecturer at NDARC at the University of NSW, obtaining his FAChAM (RACP) in 2002 and his MD in 2008.
Adam returned to London in April 2009 to fulfil the roles of Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital. Until December 2015 he was Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist for the Southwark Area Community Drug and Alcohol Team and Clinical Lead for the Maudsley Party Drug Clinic. He is currently Clinical Lead for Addictions for Care UK across three prisons in London.