CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
Current evidence demonstrates that medications are underused in the treatment of alcohol use disorder, including alcohol abuse and dependence, although particular medications have been shown to be effective in the management of alcohol dependence or the prevention of relapse to alcohol use. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is to provide a guide for practitioners who are considering medication use for the treatment of alcohol use disorders. Screening and assessment guidelines are presented as well as steps to consider when developing a treatment plan that includes medication use. In addition, treatment appropriateness and considerations for each of the three FDA approved medications are discussed as well as factors to consider when monitoring patient progress.
1. Discuss current use of medications to treat alcohol use disorders and factors that contribute to its underutilization.
2. Identify strategies to screen for risky alcohol use and to assess the need for medication assisted treatment to treat alcohol use disorders.
3. Assess how to set goals for medication assisted treatment and how to develop the components of an appropriate treatment plan.
4. Describe ways to integrate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies into treatment and to address co-occurring disorders when needed.
5. List unique considerations when treating special populations such as adolescents, pregnant and postpartum women, and older adults.
6. Evaluate recommendations and considerations when initiating treatment with acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltraxone.
7. Discuss best practices to monitor ongoing treatment for patients receiving medication assisted interventions for alcohol use disorders.
The Mindful team consists of numerous behavioral health professionals with a plethora of clinical experience as well as backgrounds in higher education, including teaching at the university level. Our three consulting psychologists review the appropriate course material, based on their experience and expertise that aligns with program content, to ensure that it enhances interdisciplinary understanding and is consistent with a systematic, research-based approach to promoting continued education and for synthesizing new knowledge into the clinician’s professional environment.
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