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A Survey of Substance Use Disorder

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) via FutureLearn


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.

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.

Taught by

Dr. Angela Colistra, Ph.D., LPC, CAADC, CCS


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