Overview of Substance Use Disorder

This course will provide an overview of the epidemiology of substance use disorder and review how to screen for unhealthy substance use, deliver a brief intervention, diagnose a substance use disorder, and understand the fundamental elements of effective treatment.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for practitioners with a DEA registration to prescribe controlled substances, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other clinicians with prescriptive authority.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the full spectrum of substance use.
  2. Describe the epidemiology of substance use disorder (SUD).
  3. Review screening and diagnosis for SUD.
  4. Describe components of effective treatment.
  5. Demonstrate increased knowledge and confidence of interdisciplinary team members in diagnosing and providing treatment for opioid use disorder.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 1.00 ABS MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation
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Course expires: 

Sarah E. Wakeman, MD
Medical Director for Substance Use Disorder, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Mass General Brigham
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
Mass General Brigham has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Lifelong Learning Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME requirement 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.

Disclosure Summary of Relevant Financial Relationships

The following planners have reported no relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company:
Robert Birnbaum, MD, PhD
Sarah Wakeman, MD

The following speakers have reported no relevant financial relationships an ineligible company:
Sarah Wakeman, MD

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 1.00 ABS MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation


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