An Introduction to Addiction Medicine
Recently, the US Congress enacted changes to the requirements for obtaining and maintaining a federal Drug Enforcement Administration registration that allows prescribing of controlled substances.
On December 29, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 enacted a new one-time, eight-hour training requirement for all Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered practitioners on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use.
While that requirement is intended to ensure that prescribers are treating opioid addictions appropriately, it goes beyond Schedule II narcotics; prescribers may need additional education about overall substance abuse disorders, including alcohol.
Many primary care physicians are lacking in the education and awareness of their options in diagnosing and treating patients for SUD, despite the fact that many options exist in this regard.
At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:
- Describe the neurobiology of the reward pathway and its role in addictive disorders.
- Summarize the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders and gambling disorders as described in DSM-5.
- Review the steps of screening and brief intervention for unhealthy use of alcohol and other substances.
Physician and clinician policyholders
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The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Illinois State Medical Society designates this internet activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Illinois Nurse Practice Act rules deem CME credit provided by approved sponsors as acceptable to fulfill nursing continuing education requirements for licensure. Nurses may claim one contact hour per unit of CME in the state of Illinois.
The recommendations contained in this resource are not intended to define conduct that is appropriate in every case, should not be considered as establishing any standard of care, and do not constitute legal advice. Physicians, clinicians and healthcare providers should take care to ensure that all care rendered reflects the best clinical judgment and complies with the laws and regulations of the state or location at which the care was provided.
Kirk Moberg, MD
Meets State-Mandated Requirements
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
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 the Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company. The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Illinois State Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 1.00 Participation Credit