Course Description

In this course you will learn the role that Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) plays in the treatment of Opioid Use Disorders and understanding MAT as a part of comprehensive medication-assisted recovery.

The course will include a fundamental understanding of MAT, the types of medication used in treatment, controversy regarding MAT, the myths associated with its use, and how MAT is a critical tool in effective evidence-based treatment of addiction.

Participants will gain understanding of how MAT fits into the overall treatment continuum for persons with Opioid Use Disorder, identify three medications that are proven to be effective in treatment, learn the basic characteristics of the medication, identify which patients may be best suited for each medication, and identify other psychotherapies and activities that enhance a comprehensive addiction treatment program.

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 Author

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.

In 2018 he retired from his role as Associate Vice President at Eskenazi Health, Midtown Community Mental Health Center where he directed both administrative and clinical operations of a comprehensive system of care for persons having mental illness and addictive disorders. His clinical specialty is in the field of addiction treatment, program development, clinical consultation, and driving evidence-based practice implementation in large medical systems.

In addition to his leadership role at Eskenazi, he served as the Site Principal Investigator in the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network. This collaborative national project develops innovative clinical intervention research to expand the field of addiction treatment.

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.

Course Reviewer

Subject matter expert, R. Andrew Chambers, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry, as well as director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program and director of the Lab for Translational Neuroscience of Dual Diagnosis & Development at Indiana University Health.

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

  • Describe: Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and the role MAT plays in treatment of Opioid Use Disorders (OUD)/Opioid Addiction. the three most common MAT medications: methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

  • Explain: Why MAT is critical in the fight against OUDs and why it is a model of chronic care management. How each medication works in the brain.

  • Discuss and Dispel: Myths and controversy associated with MAT.

  • Identify: Characteristics of each medication. The type of client each medication may be best for. Other clinical activities to use in conjunction with these medications. Three medications used in MAT.

  • Recognize: How MAT fits into larger continuum of professional treatment using the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) principles of effective treatment. Basic laws and regulations surrounding the use of MAT.

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). 

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:  04/20/2020

Expiration Date:  04/20/2022

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 training@overdoselifeline.org.

Additional Course Notes

  • There are no prerequisites for this course. We recommend you consider “The Brian and the Disease of Addiction 2.0 CE Credits" online course ($30.00). This provides a foundational understanding of the disease of addiction by looking at how the brain is affected from substances such as drugs and alcohol and how the disease of addiction develops.

  • 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.