CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
Drug addiction is a complex illness characterized by intense and at times uncontrollable drug craving, along with compulsive drug seeking and use that persist even in the face of devastating consequences. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course is to provide an overview of addiction to a wide variety of drugs, to summarize the principles of drug addiction treatment, and to address the myriad of problems faced by individuals in need of treatment for drug abuse or addiction. The course, which was developed using information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), also answers frequently asked questions about addiction and treatment and provides resources for those impacted by drug addiction.
CE Course Objectives
1. Summarize the principles of effective treatment for drug addiction.
2. Identify how biology and brain functioning impact drug abuse and abstinence.
3. Outline various components of drug abuse treatment, including its characteristics, effectiveness, costs, and options.
4. Evaluate the unique drug addiction treatment needs and considerations for special populations such as the criminal justice involved, women, adolescents, and older adults.
5. Provide an overview of treatment programs, including the use of evidence-based strategies.
6. Review examples of specific treatment approaches used to assist various populations with distinct treatment needs.
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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