Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment (Updated) - Part 2

$30.00 | CE Hours:6.00 | Intermediate

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CE Course Description

Regardless of setting or level of care, the goals of detoxification are to provide safe and humane withdrawal from substances and to foster the patient’s entry into long-term treatment and recovery.  This CE course provides the psychological and biomedical issues that may affect detoxification and ensuing treatment and treatment regimens for specific substances.

Author:  Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.  Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.  Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 45.  HHS Publication No. (SMA) 15-4131.  Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, 2015.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Cigarette smoking among adults - United States, 2004.  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 55(44):1121-1124, 2005.

Comer, V.G., and Annitto, W.J.  Buprenorphine: A safe method for detoxifying pregnant heroin addicts and their unborn.  American Journal on Addictions 13(3):317-318, 2004.

Dennison, S.J.  Clonidine abuse among opiate addicts.  Psychiatric Quarterly 72(2):191-195, 2001.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  List three common uses of biochemical markers.

2.  Summarize the signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

3.  Identify the medication class of choice for treating alcohol withdrawal.

4.  Demonstrate when doses of withdrawal medication should be omitted.

5.  Provide an advantage of clonidine over methadone in the treatment of opioid withdrawal.

6.  Explain why it is important for opioid detoxification to be concluded without significant patient discomfort.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Physical Detoxification Services for Withdrawal From Specific Substances

a.  Psychosocial and Biomedical Screening and Assessment

b.  Alcohol Intoxication and Withdrawal

c.  Opioids

d.  Benzodiazepines and Other Sedative-Hypnotics

e.  Stimulants

f.  Inhalants / Solvents

g.  Nicotine

h.  Marijuana and Other Drugs Containing THC

i.  Anabolic Steroids

j.  Club Drugs

k.  Management of Polydrug Abuse: An Integrated Approach

l.  Alternative Approaches

m.  Considerations for Specific Populations

2.  Co-Occurring Medical and Psychiatric Conditions

a. General Principles of Care for Patients With Co-Occurring Medical Conditions

b.  Treatment of Co-Occurring Psychiatric Conditions

c.  Standard of Care for Co-Occurring Psychiatric Conditions



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: 2019-08-06

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