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 assessments helps to determine next steps and the level of care required. 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 contributes 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.

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 online courses provide the following CE credit accreditations:

Nursing: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) — See Courses

Pharmacy: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) — See Courses

Physician: Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) — See Courses

Other: AMA PRA Category 1™ (ACCME) which will service all other clinical and layperson CEs — See Courses

CE Credit Course Requirements

  • 100% course completion

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

  • Complete the course ending survey