Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment (Updated) - Part 1

$9.00 | CE Hours:3.00 | Intermediate


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 core concepts of the detoxification field, discusses the primary goals of detoxification services, and highlights issues involved with providing detoxification within systems of care.  In addition, the criteria for placing patients in appropriate treatment settings, the psychological and biomedical issues that may affect detoxification and ensuing treatment, and treatment regimens for specific substances are discussed.

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.


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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.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Name the signs and symptoms of conditions that require immediate medical attention.

2.  Explain the essential components that make-up the detoxification process.

3.  Summarize the specific themes of historical and clinical importance to least restrictive care.

4.  Identify the only time when ambulatory detoxification is considered appropriate.

5.  Define the domain of detoxification.

6.  Determine the requisite skills and knowledge base for assessing and treating patients undergoing detoxification.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Overview, Essential Concepts, and Definitions in Detoxification

a.  Purpose of the TIP

b.  Audience

c.  Scope

d.  History of Detoxification Services

e.  Definitions

f.  Guiding Principles in Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment

g.  Challenges to Providing Effective Detoxification

2.  Settings, Levels of Care, and Patient Placement

a.  Role of Various Settings in the Delivery of Services

b.  Other Concerns Regarding Levels of Care and Placement

3.  An Overview of Psychosocial and Biomedical Issues During Detoxification

a.  Evaluating and Addressing Psychosocial and Biomedical Issues

b.  Strategies for Engaging and Retaining Patients in Detoxification

c.  Referrals and Linkages



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Added On: 2019-08-06

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