Addiction Medicine for Non-Specialists 2022 (CME VIDEOS)


Addiction Medicine for Non-Specialists is a case-based CME course designed to guide non-specialists in recognition, evaluation, treatment, and follow-up of patients with substance use disorders. Led by Antoine Douaihy, MD, experienced practitioners cover substances used — alcohol, opioids, stimulants, benzodiazepines, tobacco/nicotine, cannabis — and outline how the non-specialist can help their patient stop using drugs, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and function in family and in society. Treatment strategies discussed include pharmacological, cognitive-behavioral, and a combination of the two.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss integrated treatment of co-occurring substance use disorder and psychiatric illness
  • List adverse consequences faced by patients’ long-term opioid therapy and serious illness
  • Explain the caveats in treating pregnant women with substance use disorder
  • Compare treatment strategies for opioid use disorder and stimulant use disorder
  • List the principles of motivational interviewing in the context of substance use disorders
  • Compare inherent dilemmas in treating chronic pain and acute pain and substance use disorder

Intended Audience

This educational activity was designed for internists, family physicians, general psychiatrists, emergency physicians, adolescent medicine doctors, pediatricians, and general neurologists.


Addiction – An Overview – Antoine Douaihy, MD

Neurobiological Aspects of Substance Use Disorder – Jody Glance, MD

Screening, Evaluation, and Diagnosis of Substance Use Disorders – Daniel Cohen, MD

Management of Intoxication, Withdrawal, and Perioperative Care in Individuals Using Substances – Tiffany Reid, PharmD

Alcohol Use Disorder – Antoine Douaihy, MD

Stimulant Use Disorder – James R. Latronica, DO, FASAM

Opioid Use Disorder – Julie Kmiec, DO

Sedative, Hypnotic, and Anxiolytic (Benzodiazepine) Use Disorder – Tae Woo Park, MD

Cannabis Use Disorder – Thersilla Oberbarnscheidt, MD, PhD

Tobacco Use Disorder – Melanie Yabs, PharmD, BCPP

Treating Chronic Pain and Substance Use Disorder – Mark Ilgen, PhD

Acute Pain and Substance Use Disorder – Julie Wilson Childers, MD

Brief Interventions for Substance Use Disorders – Cassandra Boness, PhD

The Treatment of Patients with Substance Use Disorders and Co-occurring Psychiatric Illness – Roger D. Weiss, MD

Harm Reduction Strategies – Janice Pringle, PhD

Women and Pregnancy – Jody Glance, MD

Medication Assisted Treatment for Adolescent Substance Use Disorder – Marla Kushner, DO

Healthcare and Racial Disparities in Addiction Treatment – Antoine Douaihy, MD

Chronic Pain and Long-term Opioid Therapy – Evidence-based Management – Jessica S. Merlin, MD, PhD, MBA

Pain and Opioid Complexity in Individuals with Serious Illness – Jessica S. Merlin, MD, PhD, MBA

Date of Original Release: December 31, 2022
Date Credits Expire: December 31, 2025


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