Annual Meeting

Addictions and Their Treatment Course


AAAP Addictions and their Treatment course, offered in conjunction with AAAP 28th Annual Meeting, will be held December 5-7, 2017 at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, CA.


The Addictions and Their Treatment course is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about substance use disorders and to help prepare for subspecialty certification and maintenance of certification. The course is recommended for all clinicians and faculty in primary care and allied 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 PCPs a comprehensive review of current research and clinical applications to educate health professionals in evidence-based approaches in their clinical practices.


Joji Suzuki, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Michelle Lofwall, MD
University of Kentucky


Self-Assessment Credits (AAAP Members Only) Not a AAAP member? Join today! 

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed AAAP’s 2017 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 and Designation Statement

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for 20 Category 1 Credits™. This credit is accepted by the AAPA and AANP. Please contact AAAP for other credit designation approvals at (401) 524-3076 or contact us at


PAs may claim a maximum of 20 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.


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.


General Concepts and Epidemiology
Neurobiology and Genetics
Emerging Drugs
Adolescent Substance Use Disorder (SUD) A Developmental Perspective
Special Populations: Elderly Substance Use Disorders
Pain and Addiction
Forensic Issues in Addiction
Psychosocial Treatments of the Addictions
Medical Comorbidities in Patients with Substance Use Disorders
Brief Intervention and Motivational Interviewing
Benzodiazepines: The Hidden Epidemic
Stimulant-Related Disorders
Review of Opioids and Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders
ADHD and Substance Use Disorders in Youths and Adults
Co-Morbidity of Substance and other Psychiatric Disorders
Behavioral Addictions
Sex and Drugs: Gender Differences in Substance Use Disorders
Urine Drug Testing
Mini Narcan Training (newly added)


The registration fee includes a syllabus that contains slides with accompanying text and bibliographical information.