Substance Use Disorder


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

Substance use disorders result from long-term exposure to substances and subsequent mental and physical dependence. This can lead to social, academic, and occupational impairment, along with negative health effects. To treat these disorders, a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies is used to help individuals appropriately. This activity describes the evaluation, the mechanism of substance use disorders, and the treatments of substance use disorders and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in managing patients with these conditions.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Outline the various presentations of substance use disorders.
  • Identify etiologies and pathophysiology of substance use disorders
  • Describe various treatment options for several types of substance use.
  • Identify how interprofessional team strategies can improve patient outcomes in substance use disorders.


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I always enjoy the daily questions. Thanks for the free CEUs!!

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Substance use disorder should be a serious focus of surveillance and screening by the adolescents . Education is the best tool to understand the harm of these substances for positive growth by the youngsters.

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Good review with Substance Abuse Disorders

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Excellent--I spent 4 hours and took pages of notes, and I have worked 5.5 years doing opiate addiction Rx at methadone clinic and prescribing suboxone.

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Great information!

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need more questions that are like the CARN-AP exam, this was a waste of money

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