AAAP’s Addictions and their Treatment course, offered in conjunction with AAAP Annual Meeting.

Check back in the Spring for more information about the 2019 Addictions and Their Treatment Course.

Note: You can find previously recorded courses on the Addictions and Their Treatment Educational Products page.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about substance use disorders and to help prepare for subspecialty certification in Addiction Psychiatry and Maintenance of Certification. It is recommended for PGY-V residents, general psychiatry residents, and periodically for all academic and treatment personnel to stay updated on the most recent trends in the addiction field. Therefore, it is equally relevant to junior faculty and all clinicians as well as experienced practitioners and other health professionals.

Primary Care Provider Information

Recent reports indicate the average primary care provider has more than 2,000 patients and as many as 200 of them could have a substance use disorder. This course provides health providers a comprehensive review of current research and clinical applications to educate participants in evidence-based approaches in their clinical practices.

Continuing Medical Education

AAAP Members get Self-Assessment Credits for participating in this course.
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The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed AAAP’s 2018 Addictions and Their Treatment course and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive self-assessment program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of maintenance of certification. This activity awards 20 Self-Assessment Category 1 CME Credits.

Physician Accreditation

AAAP is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants

PAs may claim a maximum of 20.75 Category 1 Credits™ for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Other Health Professionals

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for 20.75 Category 1 Credits™. This credit is accepted by the AANP. Please contact AAAP for other credit designation approvals at (401) 524-3076 or contact us at

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe new advances in the pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy of alcohol, cocaine, opioid and nicotine addictive disorders.
  2. Discuss the epidemiology of substance use disorders and their co-occurrence with other mental disorders and review current recommended approaches for concurrent treatment of substance use disorders and other mental health disorders
  3. Describe the role of genetics in the risk for developing alcohol and other drug use disorders.
  4. Identify the major neurobiological pathways involved in addictive disorders.
  5. Identify the molecular mechanisms that are altered following drug and alcohol use.
  6. Review the literature on screening and brief intervention effectiveness, and teach this technique so it is applied.
  7. Review current treatment guidelines and how to utilize them in clinical practice.

Topics May Include

General Concepts and Epidemiology
Neurobiology and Genetics
Pain and Addiction
Review of Opioids and Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders
Naloxone Overdose Training
Emerging Drugs
Stimulant-Related Disorders
Benzodiazepines: The Hidden Epidemic
Pregnancy and Substance Use Disorders
Sex and Drugs: Gender Differences in Substance Use Disorders
Substance Use Disorders In the Older Population
Youth with Substance Use Disorders and ADHD
Behavioral Addictions
Co-Morbidity of Substance and other Psychiatric Disorders
Psychosocial Treatments of the Addictions
Medical Comorbidities in Patients with Substance Use Disorders
Urine Drug Testing
Motivational Interviewing
Forensic Issues in Addiction

Course Materials

The registration fee includes a syllabus book that contains slides with adjacent lines for notes and bibliographical information.