Drug and Alcohol Use


4.7 out of 5 (23 Reviews)



Post Assessment Questions


Expiration Date

31 Dec 2025

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

75 Minutes

Stay up to date on the latest medical knowledge

Start This Activity
Need Help?  If you have a system or content concerns, please contact support@statpearls.com

Activity Description

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition includes 10 separate classes of drugs of abuse, which include alcohol, caffeine, cannabis, hallucinogens, inhalants, opioids, sedatives, hypnotics, and anxiolytics, stimulants, and tobacco, and other substances. These drugs produce such an intense activation of the reward system that the individuals using them may neglect activities that were once routine. This activity reviews the abuse of drugs and alcohol in the United States and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in helping curb abuse and treat addiction.

Activity Image

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of social workers.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Review the risk factors for drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Identify the epidemiology of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Describe the evaluation of a patient suspected of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Explain a well-coordinated interprofessional team approach to provide effective care to patients affected by drug and alcohol abuse.


StatPearls requires everyone who influences the content of an educational activity to disclose relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies that have occurred within the past 24 months. All relevant conflict(s) of interest have been mitigated. Hover over contributor names for financial disclosures. 

COMMERCIAL SUPPORT: This activity has received NO commercial support.

Continuing Education Accreditation Information

Credit provided by Continuing Education, Inc, and StatPearls, LLC.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been jointly planned and implemented by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® and StatPearls. Continuing Education, Inc, is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Continuing Education, Inc. is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on the courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive  «Credits1» Clinical continuing education credits.

Instructions for Credit

  1. Register for the activity and create a StatPearls login.     
  2. Review the target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  3. Study the educational content in the activity.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment.
  6. Obtain a certificate.

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.


Faculty may discuss investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Readers should verify all information before employing any therapies described in this educational activity.

The information provided for this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The information presented does not necessarily reflect the views of StatPearls or any commercial supporters of educational activities on statpearls.com. StatPearls specifically disclaims responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through a participant's misunderstanding of the content.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing and a money-back guarantee is provided if not completely satisfied.

  • StatPearls and and Continuing Education, Inc, reserve the right to cancel any course due to unforeseen circumstances. StatPearls and Continuing Education, Inc, will not be responsible for other expenses incurred by the participant in the unlikely event that the program is canceled.

Medium or Media Used:

  • Computer Requirements: Internet Access
  • E-mail Address

Equal Opportunity

  • StatPearls and Continuing Education are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Institutions. 


Media Usage Rights

The contributors and editors of StatPearls have attested that all associated media (images and video) have been legally cleared for use with this activity.  All copyrights are reserved.


    Jane O. on 5/5/2021

    Caleb P. on 7/24/2021

    Rachael S. on 10/25/2021

    Melissa H. on 10/28/2021

    Ansa G. on 3/13/2022

    SANTHA A. on 3/27/2022

    Carlos R. on 3/30/2022

    Melissa D. on 4/27/2022

    Madison B. on 6/6/2022

    Robert T. on 8/9/2022

    Devan C. on 12/27/2022

    Nicholas N. on 8/23/2022

    Cynthia L. on 8/30/2022

    Eli N. on 9/7/2022

    Matthew H. on 9/30/2022

    Jordan R. on 10/10/2022

    Tracy E. on 10/26/2022

    Christina C. on 10/30/2022

    Catherine K. on 11/4/2022

    Lea J. on 11/18/2022

    Nancy M. on 12/15/2022

    Jessica K. on 1/6/2023

    MARINA K. on 1/17/2023

    Unlimited Social Worker CE

    Stay up to date on the latest medical knowledge with 188 CE activities. In these online self-assessment activities, read our reference articles and test your knowledge with more than 270 hours of CE.

    1 Year Unlimited Social Worker CE

    Access to all the Unlimited Social Worker CE activities.

    $49 per 1 year per user