Looking Beyond Addicted Patients: Families and Others as Consumers of Addiction Treatment (1.5 CME)

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This workshop addresses a known but often ignored paradox in the field of addiction treatment: 94% of individuals with a substance use disorder do not think they have a problem and do not want treatment. At the same time illegal drug users in the US spend about $100 billion each year on drugs while they spend virtually nothing on the costs of treatment. All addiction treatment in the US �" both public and private �" costs about $34 billion each year. Not surprisingly, the initial “customer” of addiction treatment and other recovery-oriented services is often the family or other interested parties who have serious concerns about the drug use of an addicted person. The customer of treatment can also be an employer, a healthcare professional, a school-based professional or the criminal justice system, among other many others. The concern for the role of others in the fragile recovery process is underlined by the experiences of the nation’s state Physician Health Programs (PHPs) which set the standard for success in making treatment work and in making five-year recovery the expected outcome. The role of the PHP care management extends from intervention, through evaluation to treatment and then to sustained monitoring to identify relapses and to ensure prompt intervention, which are all crucial to this success. While complying with this comprehensive care management PHPs offer to addicted physicians safe haven from the consequences of their addictive behaviors which would otherwise be imposed by the state medical boards. When looking for similar leverage in the lives of addicted patients, the most obvious place to start is the family. Families often expect episodes of treatment to “fix” the addicted family member. The reality is far different: long-term recovery commonly requires long-term care management and active, continuous recovery support. For many addicted people that calls for family action that is rarely achieved by “detaching with love.” This workshop identifies the implications for public health efforts to reduce drug demand and to rescue addicted people from the escalating damage done by their continued drug use. Efforts to curb addiction must educate and empower families and other interested parties to skillfully navigate the system of addiction treatment and health care �" not only to get addicted people into the treatment they need but also to actively monitor their behavior after treatment to support and sustain long-term recovery. The nation’s state PHPs reliably produce sustained recovery long after formal treatment has ended. They offer useful lessons in the essential elements of this new paradigm of recovery for families.

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

Learning Objectives:

1.) Identify opportunities for the initial “customers” of addiction treatment to assist patients treated for addiction to achieve and sustain long-term recovery.
2.) Articulate the essential elements of the physician health programs.
3.) Emphasize the importance of sustained monitoring by the family for any drug use and for continued active participation in recovery support for five years from the onset of treatment.  

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
3 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  2/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  2/3 points to pass Complete the quiz to claim CME.
CME Evaluation
15 Questions
15 Questions Please complete the evaluation to claim CME.
CME Credit and Certificate
Up to 1.50 medical credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.50 medical credits available  |  Certificate available 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits