Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder Course

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Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder Course

On-Demand Course

Overview

According to the 2021 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 29.5 million people ages 12 and older had Alcohol Use Disorder in the past year. Alcohol Use Disorder is a chronic and complex disease that affects thousands of patients every year. There are evidence-based approaches to treatment, including non-pharmacological interventions and medications. Understanding these options and misconceptions about treatment alternatives can help improve outcomes for patients.

This 4-hour introductory course provides an overview of the diagnosis and management of Alcohol Use Disorder, with a focus on treatment in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. This case-based, interactive, asynchronous course highlights the triage and management of patients with alcohol withdrawal syndromes and the successful transition to evidence-based pharmacotherapy. Adjunct behavioral therapies will also be discussed.

The target audience for this introductory course is clinical healthcare professionals who prescribe medications in the outpatient or inpatient settings.

This course addresses the following ACGME Competencies: Patient Care, Procedural Skills and Medical Knowledge.

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of nomenclature, diagnostic criteria, and the epidemiology of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
  2. Identify which people are appropriate for inpatient management vs. outpatient management of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS).
  3. Discuss evidence-based methods of treatment for alcohol use disorder, including pharmacotherapy and behavioral treatments. 

Registration Rates

For a limited time, registration fees for this module will be waived and free of charge. 

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Associate Member$0
Resident Member*$0
Student Member*$0

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Registration Deadline: 4/1/2026

Acknowledgement

This content has been made available in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Alkermes. No input or influence from Alkermes was included in the development of the educational content. As an ACCME Provider, ASAM follows the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence for Accredited Continuing Education stating that owners and employees of ineligible companies are excluded from participating as planners or faculty, and must not be allowed to influence or control any aspect of the planning, delivery, or evaluation of accredited continuing education. 

Course Instructions

  1. Click the Contents tab to begin the activity.
  2. Complete the Course Overview and Modules 1-3.
  3. Click Complete Post Test to answer multiple choice questions. Participants will have 10 attempts to pass and must answer 9 out of 12 questions correctly.
  4. Click Complete Evaluation and Complete Evaluation - Presenters to provide valuable activity feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
  5. Click the button Claim Medical Credits in the box titled Claim Credits & Certificate. Choose the type of credit and click submit. Click the button View/Print Certificate to save or print your certificate. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the ASAM eLearning Center, clicking Dashboard, and clicking Transcript/Achievements.

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Stephen Holt

MD, MS, FACP, FASAM

Dr. Holt has been an attending physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital since 2008 and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Yale Addiction Recovery Clinic and the Associate Program Director for Yale's Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program.  He is board-certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine.  He has published and lectures frequently on a variety of addiction medicine topics, and has won numerous teaching awards at the local, regional, and national level. 

No relevant financial disclosures.

Shawn Cohen

MD

Dr. Cohen is an Instructor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine whose primary clinical responsibilities are on the Yale Addiction Medicine Consult Service. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He has an interest in improving care in the hospital for people who use drugs, low barrier outpatient care, and low dose initiation of buprenorphine.

No relevant financial disclosures. 

Alyssa Peterkin

MD

Alyssa Peterkin, MD is an Instructor of Medicine Boston University School of Medicine and an internist at Boston Medical Center. Currently, she also serves as an associate program director for Grayken Addiction Medicine fellowship. She spends her clinical time working as a hospitalist, attending on the inpatient addiction consultation service and working in the substance use disorder urgent care. Her interests include educating learners at all levels and expanding access to addiction treatment. 

No relevant financial disclosures.

CME, CE, CEU and Other Credit Types


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 4 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
This activity has been approved by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #295, ASAM is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

National Board for Certified Counselors ACEP
The American Society of Addiction Medicine has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7062. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The American Society of Addiction Medicine is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

California Association for Drug/Alcohol Educators (CAADE)
This educational program is approved by CAADE: #CP40 999 1225.

California Association of DUI Treatment Centers (CADTP)
This educational program is approved by CADTP: #205.

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
This educational program is approved by CCAPP: #OS-20-330-1224.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)
Non-physician participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the activity and an online evaluation confirming their participation. Participants should submit his/her certificate of attendance to their professional organization/institute.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) or Continuing Certification Programs (CCP)


American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM)
The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) has approved this activity for a maximum of 4 LLSA credits towards ABPM MOC Part II requirements.

American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)
This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology TM (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®.

American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn a maximum of 4 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 4 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 credits.

American Board of Surgery (ABS)
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME and/or Self-Assessment requirements of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABS credit

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
Successful completion of this CME activity can be used to satisfy the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s (ABPN) CME requirement for Maintenance of Certification program.

American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM)
Successful completion of this activity can be used to satisfy the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) for Tmoc as credits towards ABAM LLSA Part II requirements.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
Royal College Fellows can use participation in Accredited Continuing Medical Education to earn Section 3 Credits

Acknowledgement


This content has been made available in part by a small unrestricted educational grant from Alkermes. No input or influence from Alkermes, was included in the development of the educational content. As an ACCME Provider, ASAM follows the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence for Accredited Continuing Education stating that owners and employees of ineligible companies are excluded from participating as planners or faculty, and must not be allowed to influence or control any aspect of the planning, delivery, or evaluation of accredited continuing education.

Disclosure Information


In accordance with disclosure policies of ASAM and the ACCME, the effort is made to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME/CE activities. These policies include mitigating all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for the Planning Committees and Presenters. All activity Planning Committee members and Presenters have disclosed relevant financial relationship information. The ASAM CE Committee has reviewed these disclosures and determined that the relationships are not inappropriate in the context of their respective presentations and are not inconsistent with the educational goals and integrity of the activity.

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Course Overview
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Complete Module 1
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Complete Post-Test
12 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  9/12 points to pass
12 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  9/12 points to pass This post-test has 12 questions and requires 9 out of 12 questions to pass the test.
Complete Evaluation
18 Questions
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Complete Evaluation - Presenters
4 Questions
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Claim Credit & Certificate
Up to 4.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 4.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.