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The Disease Process and Addressing Substance Use Disorders
About this Course

About This Course

This course is intended for judges, all individuals working within justice systems, and justice system stakeholders who may interface with individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) including opioids, stimulants, and polysubstance use disorders and with co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

This online course provides a foundational level understanding of the medical aspects of SUDs including the science of addiction; misconceptions; evidence-based practices needed in the prevention, identification and treatment of SUDs and co-occurring psychiatric disorders for individuals involved with the justice system; cultural considerations; and the role of trauma and addiction as threats to reducing recidivism.

This course is available at no cost by the Opioid Response Network (ORN), led by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and a large coalition of national professional organizations funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded. Visit for more information. Email with questions.

Availability: On-Demand
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
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 by cooperative agreement no. 1H79TI086770 and grant no. 1H79TI085588 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.

8-Hour DEA Training Inquiries, email PCSS-MOUD.


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