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CME: Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD): Therapeutic Updates and Best Practices


Program Description / Statement of Need:


In this online CME self-learning program:

Alcohol use disorder (AUD), referred to colloquially as alcoholism, is an integration of past terms that have include in past as alcohol dependence or abuse, and may be marked by any one of a number of different symptoms or behaviors that include physical cravings, compulsion, guilt, and frequent consumption over an extended period of time. There are about 7.9 million people in the United States who suffer from the disease, but a fraction – 2.2 million people – seek treatment for it. The number of people who are considered heavy drinkers is about double at somewhere between 15.9 and 17.6 million, and just under a quarter of Americans over age 12 reports having engaged in binge drinking at least once in the last month. Alcohol accounts for over 687,000 emergency department visits by people under age 20 per year, and AUD is estimated to cost $223.5 billion per year. Worldwide, 76.3 million people are estimated to have AUDs, and they account for an annual mortality rate of 1.8 million. AUD is largely undertreated, constituting one gap in care and justifying CME.





Introduction, Disclosures

Primer on AUD’s epidemiology, what is known in the neuropathophysiology, screening strategies, and psychosocial impact [Learning Objective #1]

  • Statistics
  • Nature vs. nurture in addictive disease
  • Psychosocial and socioeconomic factors
  • DSM-5 integration of DSM-IV criteria
  • The first step in treatment: prevention – identifying the ‘issue’ before it becomes an issue – the value of the validated screening tools at our disposal
  • Patient case(s)

Treatment of AUD [Learning Objective #3 & 4]

  • Goals of therapy
  • Drugs use in managing patients with AUD
  • Non-adherence to therapy and strategies to overcome
  • Patient case(s)

Summary, conclusions, and best practice recap





Target Audience:

Healthcare professionals who are: psychiatrists, primary care physicians, emergency medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and those who otherwise commonly treat patients suffering from or have a clinical interest in AUD.

Program Objectives:

By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

    • Describe the epidemiology of AUD and outline current and evolving diagnostic criteria
    • Describe challenges to the successful identification of patients with AUD
    • Identify the treatment modalities currently available for management of AUD and apply them to patient cases using evidence-based medicine
    • Develop strategies for recognizing and improving therapeutic adherence in patients treated for AUD


    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through ScientiaCME. ScientiaCME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


    Credit Designation: ScientiaCME designates this educational activity for a maximum of  1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




    ScientiaCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. This program is approved for 1.0 hours (0.1 CEUs) of continuing education.  Proof of participation will be posted to your NABP CPE profile within 4 to 6 weeks to participants who have successfully completed the post-test.   Participants must participate in the entire presentation and complete the course evaluation to receive continuing pharmacy education credit.  ACPE # 0574-0000-17-040-H01-P.  ACPE Accreditation effective 10/13/17 expires 10/13/19. 

    This is a Knowledge (K)-type activity.

    Release Date: October 13, 2017
    Expiration Date: October 13, 2019

    Faculty: Timothy Fong MD

    Faculty Disclosure and Resolution of COI:

     As a provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of ScientiaCME to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and educational planners must disclose any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, and any relationships with the commercial supporter of the activity. The intent of this disclosure is to provide the intended audience with information on which they can make their own judgments. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of ScientiaCME to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. For this CME activity, any COI has been resolved thru content review ScientiaCME.


    Faculty Disclosure:  Timothy Fong, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry Director, UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA is on the Speaker’s Bureau of Indivior, has received Research Support from Connections in Recovery and Constellation Health and is a consultant for Onward, Inc. and Alkermes


    Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD has no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.


    Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by an educational grant from Alkermes

    Additional Courses That Are Related To This Course

    Best Practices and Advances in Treatment Strategies in Bipolar Disorder Pharmacotherapy

    Schizophrenia: Updates from the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting (APA) 2017

    Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD): Therapeutic Updates and Best Practices

    Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): Updates from the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting (APA) 2017


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This program is supported by an educational grant from Alkermes.


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