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Module 1: Overview of Substance Use Disorders
Understanding addiction is essential to successfully addressing it. In this overview of substance use disorders we discuss the spectrum of use, neurobiological responses to substances, theories that explain the disorders, public health impact and epidemiology, comorbidity, and integrated care for this chronic condition.
Target Audience
Physicians, nurses, and healthcare teams who are treating patients with substance use disorder (SUD).
Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM | Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS); Professor of Community Health Sciences & Medicine

At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Identify the spectrum of substance use
  • Describe neurobiological responses to substances
  • Assess existing theories regarding substance use disorders
  • Use accurate clinical terminology
  • Describe the basic epidemiology and public health impact of the disorder
  • List common comorbidities in people with substance use disorder
  • Describe how chronic disease treatment applies to addiction

Core Competencies as a result of participating in this activity:   
Interpersonal Skills and Communication
Medical Knowledge
Patient Care
Method of participation in the activity

In order to receive maximum credit, learners must: 

1. Review the materials provided in this module.
2. Earn a minimum cumulative score of 80% on the post-test. 
3. Complete an evaluation to assess satisfaction and plans for individual and/or team practice change.
4. Follow instructions at the end of the course regarding how to retrieve a certificate.* 

*Credit will not be awarded unless all components of the program are completed.  Partial credit will not be awarded.

Availability: On-Demand
Access expires on 01/26/2023
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1.25 CME Credits
1.25 Other Professionals Credits
1.25 Nursing Credits
1.25 IPCE Credits
The content on this site is intended solely to inform and educate medical professionals. This site shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 6H79TI081968 and 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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