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Overview of Substance Use Disorders
SUD 101 Core Curriculum Overview

Curriculum overview:  While healthcare professionals are often on the front lines of treating substance use disorders, most have limited (if any) training in this area. The SUD 101 Core Curriculum was created to provide a foundation of the current research, resources, and support needed to increase healthcare professionals’ competence and confidence in the care of their patients across the continuum of care. This activity, Overview of Substance Use Disorders, is part of the 23-module curriculum. Please see below for a summary of module 1 out of 23:
Module 1 Overview
Title: Overview of Substance Use Disorders 

Myra Mathis, MD, Addiction Psychiatrist; Assistant Professor, University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry; Medical Director, Strong Recovery 

Module Description: 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, harm reduction and integrated care for this chronic condition,

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify the spectrum of substance use
  • Use accurate clinical terminology
  • Describe the basic epidemiology and public health impact of substance use disorders
  • Describe neurobiological responses to substances
  • Describe how chronic disease treatment applies to addiction
  • List common comorbidities in people with substance use disorders
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Jan 12, 2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1.25 CME Credits
1.25 PA-CME Credits
1.25 Other Professionals Credits
1.25 Nursing Credits
1.25 Pharmacy Credits
1.25 IPCE Credits
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