Is Addiction A Brain Disease?
This activity is part of CAFP's California Residency Program Collaborative around improving education, outreach and treatment for patients with substance use disorder disease, including stimulants and opioids, with a focus on medication assisted treatment options.
At the end of this session, learners should be able to:
- Explain the disease model of addiction
- Discuss why adolescents are at higher risk of developing substance use disorders
- Explain how neurobiology can help guide prevention and treatment of substance use disorders
Participation and Credit:
Learners must register to participate in and receive credit for this online educational activity. Read the target audience, learning objectives, and author disclosures. Study the educational content online and complete the activity evaluation. Your certificate will be available to you as a downloadable link. You may print the certificate, but you cannot alter it. For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.
Unlabeled Use Disclosure:
This activity will not include discussions of products or devices that are not currently approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the curriculum clearly indicates this fact.
This activity is supported by the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation with a grant from the California Department of Healthcare Services.
There is no charge for this activity.
CAFP policy and California state law requires that each learning activity have elements of cultural and linguistic proficiency included in the content. The definition of cultural and linguistic competency is the ability and readiness of health care providers and health organizations to humbly and respectfully demonstrate, effectively communicate, and tailor delivery of care to patients with diverse values, beliefs, identities, and behaviors, in order to meet patients’ social, cultural, and linguistic needs as it relates to patient health. This activity meets these requirements.
CAFP policy and California state law requires that all CME activities comprising a patient care element include either (1) examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of physicians and surgeons, leading to disparities in health outcomes and/or (2) strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics. This activity meets these requirements.
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Any medications or treatment methods suggested in this CME activity should not be used by the practitioner without evaluation of their patient's condition(s) and possible contraindication(s) or danger(s) of use of any specific medication.
© 2022 California Academy of Family Physicians. No part of this activity may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embedded in articles or reviews.
This activity is intended for family medicine physicians, and other primary care providers and clinicians caring for patients with substance use disorder disease.
Karen Muchowski, MD, FAAFP
Family Medicine Physician, Graybill Medical Group
Karen Muchowski has no financial interests to disclose.
Conflict of Interest Statements:
The CAFP Committee on Continuing Professional Development is responsible for management and resolution of conflict for any individual who may have influence on content, who have served as faculty, or who may produce or help produce CME/CPD content for the CAFP. Management/Resolution may include learner notification, peer review of content before presentation, changing topics, or even dismissing a potential faculty member.
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The following planners have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Shelly B. Rodrigues, MS, CAE, FACEHP, FAAMSE
0.50 AAFP Prescribed Credit
The AAFP has reviewed CRPC: Education to Improve Services to Patients with OUD/SUD, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 08/15/2021 to 08/14/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Credit approval includes the following session: Screening and Identifying Opioid Use and Substance Use Disorders.
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed credit, not as Category 1.
0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
The California Academy of Family Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The California Academy of Family Physicians designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
0.50 AOA Category 2-A
The California Academy of Family Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. This activity is approved for 0.50 AOA Category 2-A credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 0.50 AAFP Prescribed
- 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 0.50 AOA Category 2-A