Course Description

This course provides a guide to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery.

The course will review the signs and symptoms of SUD and how the process of screening and assessment helps determine next steps and the required level of care. 

The course will define effective, clinically-proven treatment principles and the importance of providing an individualized, multi-faceted approach to treatment and continuum of care.

Participants will learn how the process of change can contribute to interrupting the addiction cycle and achieving recovery. The course will review the four dimensions and ten guiding principles of recovery and provide an understanding of relapse (or setback), the stages of relapse, and relapse prevention. Finally, the course will provide a guide to locating trusted resources and support.

This course is for individuals, family members, and stakeholders including students, health care professionals, those in criminal justice fields, mental health professionals, and others in the general public and helping professions.

Course Reviewer

Dean Babcock MSW, LCSW, LCAC received his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs and Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor and has spent his professional career working in health care and mental health care systems in the Indianapolis area.

Dean is a published author on numerous research publications and gives lectures and trainings both locally and nationally related to evidence-based practices in addiction treatment.

He has served on a wide variety of local and national committees, projects and boards, and enjoys helping the public understand the nature of addiction and its treatment. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for the work he has done in helping the community in which he lives.

Faculty, Staff and Reviewer Disclosure Statement

All faculty, staff and reviewers involved in the planning, review or presentation of continuing education activities provided by Purdue University College of Pharmacy are required to disclose to the audience any relevant commercial financial affiliations related to the content of the presentation or enduring material. All planning committee members, writers, staff and reviewers of Overdose Lifeline and Purdue University have no relationships to disclose.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify and Label: DSM-5 signs and symptoms of substance use disorder. ASAMs six dimensions of multidimensional assessment and explain their relation to ASAM’s level of care.

  • Describe: How the process of change contributes to interrupting the addiction cycle and achieving recovery. ASAMs four levels of care and explain the difference between levels 1-4. What a relapse (or setback) is, what it means for treatment plans, and what the stages of relapse entail.

  • Explain: The importance of an individualized, multi-faceted approach to assessment, treatment, and recovery. The four dimensions of recovery and their alignment to the ten guiding principles of recovery.

  • Locate: Evidence-based treatment services and identify available resources and support.

Course CE Credits and Certificate Program

In partnership with Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education, and funding from the Employers Forum of Indiana and the Amerisource Bergen Foundation, Overdose Lifeline has developed layperson and clinician CE courses and Certificate Program on Addiction / Substance Use Disorder with an Opioid Specialization.

The course and the certificate program are structured to support the educational needs of healthcare professionals, students, and the layperson. An individual may pursue individual course CE credits or complete the entire Certificate Program (20 credits). 

The Certificate Program is in development with 9 CE Credits available today and the remaining courses due in early 2020.

CE Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. and Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Purdue University, an equal access/equal opportunity institution, is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: Purdue University College of Pharmacy designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date:  08/26/2020

Expiration Date:  12/06/2023 

CE Credit Course Requirements

  • 100% course completion

  • 80% (minimum) passing grade on the final exam

  • Complete the course ending survey

How to Receive CE Credit(s)

During course registration you will be prompted to select your CE Credit area. If you are pursuing physician CE credit, you should select "Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)"

Your Certificate of CE credit(s) will be referenced on-screen at the end of the course and your certificate credentials will be delivered to the email address associated with this course's registration.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact

Additional Course Notes

  • There are no prerequisites for this course. We recommend you consider “The Brain and the Disease of Addiction (BDA) — ACCME 2.0 CE Credits” online course — 2 CE Credits ($30.00) for a working understanding of the chronic disease of addiction.

  • This course provides 3.0 ACCME CE Credits - delivered upon 100% course completion, achievement of 80% (minimum) passing grade on the final exam, and completing the course ending survey.

  • The course may be accessed from a computer, tablet or mobile device. Internet access is required as are speakers for audio.

    The following web browsers are supported: Desktop - Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Edge. Note the course platform does not support Internet Explorer. Mobile - iOS Safari: 11 and up, Chrome, Samsung Internet.

  • The course will remain available in your account for six months - allowing you to complete the course at your own pace and return to the course later for review of key concepts.