Addiction Alert (Vol. 1, No. 2) - Spring 2016

Provided by RiverMend Health Institute

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Release date: April 2016

Valid through: April 2019

Specialty: Chemical Dependency

Topic: Addiction, Drug Therapy

Media: Text

Target Audience

This CME activity is intended for physicians, psychiatrists, physician assistants, psychologists, and allied mental health advocates.


  • Detox does not equal treatment: Withdrawal management and treatment of substance use disorders
  • Distinguishing between pain-related dependence and addiction
  • Use of personality traits to identify addiction risk and individualize treatment
  • What is whole person care?
  • Addiction double trouble: Co-occurring psychiatric disorders

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to: 

  • Identify risk factors of addiction in their patients.
  • Make evidence-based decisions for treating and managing addiction in their patients.
  • Understand evidence-based approaches to evaluation and treatment of impaired professionals

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

All other healthcare professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.


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Physician Continuing Medical Education

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Credit Designation

AHC Media designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Daniel H. Angres, MD

Medical Director
Positive Sobriety Institute

David Baron, DO, MEd

University of Southern California
USC Sports Medicine

William S. Jacobs, MD

Medical Director
Bluff Plantation

Stacy Seikel, MD

RiverMend Health Centers

Lisa Steele, PhD

Vice President of Operations
Malibu Beach Recovery Centers

Peer Reviewer

Brian C. Schief, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
General and Forensic Psychiatry
Peachtree Psychiatric Professionals, P.C.


Addiction Alert’s Editor-in-Chief Mark S. Gold, MD, RiverMend Health Vice President of Marketing Amy Bernard, Peer Reviewer Brian C. Schief, MD, Managing Editor Jonathan Springston, and Continuing Education and Editorial Director Lee Landenberger report no relevant financial relationships related to the material presented in this issue.

Drs. Seikel, Angres, Steele report no financial relationships related to the material presented in this issue.

Dr. Baron reports he is a stockholder in Brain Injury Research Strategies. Dr. Jacobs reports he receives grant/research support from Alkermes.

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There are no fees for participating and receiving credit for this activity. During the accredited period, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; study the educational activity; and complete the post-test and the evaluation form. If you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation, your certificate will be available immediately for download in PDF format.

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