The Addictions and Their Treatment Course is Going Virtual!

The Addictions and Their Treatment course is made up of two complementary components, including 25 on-demand lectures, ranging from 45 to 60 minutes, followed by a 1-day series of live Webinar discussions and Q&A sessions that will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020, 11:00am – 5:10pm ET. *Registration is closed.

Course Schedule

Information for Registrants

  • A CrowdCompass account is required to access the course content and to gain access to the live webinar Q&A sessions. Please check your email for instructions on how to download CrowdCompass.
  • All of the course content (including access to the on-demand presentations) will be available to course registrants until June 30, 2021.
  • We do plan to record the live Q&A sessions and make them available to course registrants in mid-October. Registrants will receive an email notification when they become available in your CrowdCompass account.
  • After the live webinar sessions conclude on October 3rd, verified course participants will be sent an email (to the email address you registered with) that contains a link to an evaluation survey. Completing the survey is how course registrants will obtain their CE credit certificates.

View the 2020 Faculty and Planning Committee Disclosures

Note: You can find previously recorded courses on the Educational Opportunities page.

Who Should Attend?

This course is meant to provide an introduction and review of addiction topics ranging from neurobiology to clinical treatment, and is intended to support efforts for board exam preparation and to enhance your clinical knowledge and skills.

This course is designed for anyone who is interested to learn 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.

ABPN Diplomates get Self-Assessment Credits for participating in this course.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed AAAP’s 2020 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. The approval period is for December 31, 2021.

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Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe new advances in the pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy of 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.


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