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A Survey of Substance Use Disorder

Learn evidence-based treatment techniques to help improve addiction medicine and the quality of care for patients.

A Survey of Substance Use Disorder
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Explore the basics of addiction medicine

Addiction has a staggering impact on society. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that overdose deaths have accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What’s more, the total cost of addiction to society, accounting for crime, healthcare, and lost productivity, is estimated at upwards of $740 billion annually.

On this two-week course, you’ll explore the basics of addiction medicine to understand the best course of treatments to help patients with addiction.

You’ll study neurobiology, commonly used substances, behavioural addiction epidemiology, SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), and psychosocial treatments to gain a comprehensive understanding of addiction and its treatments.

Gain an introduction to neurobiology

You’ll explore neurobiology in patients with substance use disorders to understand how addiction affects the brain.

You’ll also examine intoxication and withdrawal syndromes associated with alcohol, opioids, and stimulants to help you provide better care for your patients who may experience these symptoms.

Learn from the experts at The American Society of Addiction Medicine

On the course, you’ll learn to identify psychosocial and pharmacological interventions, such as behavioural therapy and medication. You’ll also discover the best practices on when to use these interventions in the treatment of substance use disorders.

Learning from the experts at The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), a national medical specialty society of over 7,000 physicians and associated professionals, this course will equip you with the knowledge to help improve your quality of addiction treatment with your patients.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    An Introduction to the Field of Addiction Medicine

    • Course Introduction

      You will begin by reviewing course expectations and the intended learning path for the course.

    • Introduction to Addictive Disorders

      In this section, you will learn about addiction utilizing the chronic care framework of addiction treatment.

    • Addiction 60/60: All of Addiction Medicine in 60 Slides and 60 Minutes - Fundamentals

      In this section, you will explore the basics of addiction medicine to gain a comprehensive understanding of addiction and its treatments.

    • Key Takeaways

      In this section, we will summarize the key takeaways for this week.

  • Week 2

    Patient Safety and Ethical Dilemmas in Addiction Medicine

    • Week Introduction

      This week, you will explore ethical dilemmas and patient safety related concepts in addiction medicine.

    • Ethical Dilemmas in Addiction Medicine Practice

      This section will provide an overview of ethical principles and how to apply them to complex clinical situations.

    • Patient Safety in the Context of Addiction Medicine

      In this section, you will explore strategies to promote patient safety in addiction medicine using safety practices and systems-thinking approaches.

    • Key Takeaways

      In this section, we will summarize the key takeaways for this week.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply neurobiological concepts to treat patients who suffer from substance use disorders.
  • Identify intoxication and withdrawal syndromes of alcohol, opioids, and stimulants.
  • Explore psychosocial and pharmacological interventions in the treatment of addiction.
  • Describe ethical issues that arise when there are conflicts relating to both public safety and individual health.
  • Discuss factors in managing complex patients with substance use involving co-morbid medical or psychiatric disorders in a variety of settings by utilizing ethical principles.
  • Identify factors that contribute to errors in clinical practice.
  • Apply prevention strategies to reduce common patient safety errors in addiction medicine practice.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate response when patient safety errors occur during the delivery of care to addiction patients.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for providers who are new to the field of addiction medicine.

You may be a primary care physician, clinician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or behavioral health specialist who sees patients at risk for or with addiction.

Who will you learn with?

Director of Behavioral Sciences in Family Medicine
Integrated Behavioral Health Specialist
Researcher, Clinician, and Educator in Addiction and Behavioral Integration

Who developed the course?

American Society of Addiction Medicine

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is a professional medical society representing over 7,000 physicians, clinicians, and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine.

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An introduction to the science, neurobiology, and stigma surrounding addiction.

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