Physical Detoxification from Substances - Part 1

$20.00 | CE Hours:4.00 | Intermediate

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CE Course Overview

This CE course describes psychosocial and biomedical screening and assessment, highlights treatment regimens for specific substances, and provides guidance on the medical, nursing, and social services aspects of these treatments. Substances covered are alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines and other sedative-hypnotics.

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

References / Contributions by:

American Diabetes Association.  Nutrition principles and recommendations in diabetes.  Diabetes Care 27 (Suppl 1): 536-546, 2004.

Anderson, F., and Kiefer, F.  Depressive mood and craving during alcohol withdrawal: Association and interaction.  German Journal of Psychiatry 7(2):6-11, 2004.

Bernat, J.L.  Informed consent.  Muscle and Nerve 24(5):614-621, 2001.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Name three uses for biomedical screening in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse.

2.  Identify how long after a person takes their last drink before signs and symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal generally start.

3.  Summarize three primary goals for the treatment of alcohol intoxication.

4.  Explain why a fever in an intravenous user withdrawing from opioids should be evaluated.

5.  Describe the best candidates for outpatient detoxification from benzodiazepines.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Psychosocial and Biomedical Screening and Assessment

2.  Alcohol Intoxication with Withdrawal

3.  Opioids

4.  Benzodiazepines and Other Sedative-Hypnotics



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: 2019-10-23

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