Understanding Addiction

This course is designed for healthcare professionals managing patient's pain while integrating information about the crisis of substance addiction. This course broadens the healthcare professional's understanding of addiction as a health condition and an epidemic. Healthcare professionals in acute care settings who complete this course will increase understanding of how to effectively manage pain.


Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. List the many factors that can be an addiction.
  2. Explain the consequences of addiction for the person with the addiction.
  3. Consider the effects of addiction at the family, community, state, and national level.
  4. Compare addiction behaviors to behaviors associated with medication tolerance.
  5. Discuss addiction treatment pillars of success.


Chapter 1: Introduction Understanding Drug Addiction

Chapter 2: Diagnostic Criteria

Chapter 3: Neurobiology of Substance Addiction

Chapter 4: Multifactorial Determinants

Chapter 5: The Consequences of Addiction

Chapter 6: Managing Pain in the Era of the Opioid Crisis

Chapter 7: Addiction versus Tolerance

Chapter 8: Addiction Treatment

Chapter 9: References

  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

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HTRSD is a provider of continuing education training focused on human trafficking and other social disparities for health care providers, as well as courses that address nurses' health and well-being and under-served topics in advanced critical care.

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