How Physicians Can Help Implement Evidence Based Prevention in Addiction Medicine (1 CME)

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(1 CME) In this conference recording from the 2019 Annual Conference, you will learn:

Traditionally ASAM’s focus is on treatment but as in all health conditions, prevention is important. The Surgeon General and the United Nations have come out with reports on prevention within the last 2 years. This year ASAM has written a new policy on prevention that encourages CME on prevention, among other things.In this workshop there will be a brief review of the Surgeon General’s and the UN Report. It will allow those present to understand what is in the reports and how they can be used as a resource for identifying evidence-based prevention. The new ASAM policy on prevention will be presented. The main focus of the workshop is to help those present see how they can help implement this new policy in our communities and practices. Much evidence-based prevention is done based on the risk and protective factor framework and is done through families, religious, community organizations and schools. Some are not formal programs. More formal prevention is done by non-physician groups (schools, community coalitions, and grant sponsored prevention agencies). Some of the prevention activities are evidence based and some have been shown through studies not evidence based. The Surgeon general’s and US report provide extensive data on this. Other than briefly surveying this information, this workshop will highlight how physicians can be involved.This will be done through open discussion of examples (real and theoretical) of physician involvement. Examples will include physician involvement in community coalitions, in influencing school and community decision making, and physician leadership in helping to secure grants and through speaking and community education. Examples will be shared. How to approach communities that are using programs that have been shown not to work and substitute programs that are evidence based will be discussed, since this is an area where physicians can have an impact. A second way addiction specialists can be involved is through leadership of medical groups. Primary care practices that are set up as medical homes can provide information and education to youth and their parents. At risk teens, those with many risk factors and those who are starting to binge drink or use drugs, can be referred to assistance or for motivational conversation within the medical group. The addiction specialist, working with others, can provide leadership, help train staff or bring in those who can do that.  Many teens are at risk even though they may not be currently drinking or using drugs, such as teens whose siblings or parents use drugs. Although those present will be made aware of examples of evidence-based prevention they can be involved in, the goal is for them to identify ways that they might bring some of this to their community, medical groups with which they work, and to medical students and residents with whom they have contact.  

Learning Objectives:

1.) Those who attend will learn about evidence-based prevention and how to research this on the UN and Surgeon Generals reports.
2.) Those who attend will learn what the risk protective framework is and will briefly rate their community and identify one area that they may be able to try to improve
3.) Those present will try to identify one or more areas in their community where they can introduce  some evidence based prevention activity  or improve on what is being done

Norman Wetterau


Dr. Wetterau is a practicing rural family physician whose practice is mainly addiction medicine. He is the Liaison from ASAM to AAFP, to the PCPCC, and co-chair of the STFM addiction interest group. He is immediate past president of NYSAM and co-chair of ASAM Chapters Council. He is also on the board of COPE (Coalition on Physician Education in Substance Abuse) and clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University Rochester School of Medicine. In addition he teaches a annual course in behavioral health at Hope Africa Medical School in Burundi.

Randolph Holmes


Medical Director at LACADA

ACCME Accredited with Commendation

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.5 LLSA credits towards ABPM MOC Part II requirements.

ABAM Transitional Maintenance of Certification (tMOC)

This course has been approved by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Physicians enrolled in the ABAM Transitional Maintenance of Certification Program (tMOC) can apply a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for completing this course.

ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn 1.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


Session Recording
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This session was recorded on 4/6/19 in Orlando, FL
CME Quiz
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CME Evaluation
15 Questions
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CME Credit and Certificate
Up to 1.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits