Addiction - Neurobiology, Prevention, and Treatment - Part 2

$30.00 | CE Hours:6.00 | Intermediate

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CE Course Description

This CE course explains the neurobiological basis for substance use disorders and provides the biological, psychological, and social frameworks for improving diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol and drug misuse.  Evidence-based prevention strategies, effective treatment strategies, and recovery support services are also described in this course.

Author:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.  Washington, DC: HHS, November 2016.


Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.  (2016).  Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables.  Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Rudd, R.A., Aleshire, N., Zibbel, J.E., & Gladden, R.M.  (2016).  Increases in drug and opioid overdose deaths - United States, 2000-2014.  MMWR, 64(50), 1378-1382.

Dowell, D., Haegerich, T.M., & R., C.  (2016).  CDC guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain - United States.  MMWR, 65(1), 1-49.


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CE Course Objectives

1.  Discuss the most common reason that people do not seek treatment.

2.  Explain the goal of early intervention.

3. Name three conditions that may be caused by neonatal abstinence syndrome.

4.  Identify three advantages offered by technology-based interventions.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Early Intervention, Treatment, and Management of Substance Use Disorders

a.  Continuum of Treatment Services

b.  Early Intervention: Identifying and Engaging Individuals At Risk for Substance Misuse and Substance Use Disorders

c.  Treatment Engagement: Reaching and Reducing Harm Among Those Who Need Treatment

d.  Principles of Effective Treatment and Treatment Planning

e.  Evidence-based Treatment: Components of Care

f.  Emerging Treatment Technologies

g.  Considerations for Specific Populations

2.  Recovery: The Many Paths to Wellness

a.  Definitions, Pathways, and Prevalence of Recovery

b.  Perspectives of Those in Recovery

c.  Estimating the Number of People "In Recovery"

d.  Recovery-oriented Systems of Care

e.  Recovery Supports

f.  Social and Recreational Recovery Infrastructures and Social Media

g.  Specific Populations and Recovery

3.  Health Care Systems and Substance Use Disorders

a.  Key Components of Health Care Systems

b.  Substance Use Disorder Services Have Traditionally Been Separated From Mental Health and General Health Care

c.  A Growing Impetus for Integration

d.  Financing Systems for Substance Use Disorder Services

e.  Challenges Facing the Integration of Substance Use Services and Health Care

f.  Promising Innovations That Improve Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment

4.  Vision For The Future: A Public Health Approach

a.  Time for a Change

b.  Specific Suggestions for Key Stakeholders



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

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Added On: 2019-06-07

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