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Appropriate Diagnosis and Treatment of Opioid Addiction

During this module, users will learn how to identify a use disorder versus dependence and what the appropriate course of action is in each case. This module will also discuss the lingering stigma facing patients with an opioid use disorder and strategies to change the culture of treating use disorders. A short introduction to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) options and Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) practices will also be covered.


At the end of this module, participants will:

  • Understand why it is important to identify stigma and change the culture of treatment of addiction so that it is treated as a chronic disease.
  • Learn why identification and diagnosis of substance use disorder (SUD) is a clinical competence in primary care and underlying key components of SBIRT.
  • Be able to articulate the difference between addiction and dependence using DSM IV criteria
  • Understand how to use resources in the Medical Neighborhood to define initial assessment, diagnosis and referral protocols for patients with SUD.

Intended Audience:

All Maine Clinicians

Module Structure:

This module is self-paced and available to any user that registers with the Learning Lab. The estimated time to complete is approximately 90 minutes. This module will be eligible to grant 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits.

The module will consist of multiple sub-sections or units and will contain various elements, including hyperlinks to readings and web resources, video lessons,  and pre-and post-assessments needed for CME accreditation.

Duration & Fee:

  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1.5 hours

(note: the module is divided into short digestible units [10-20 mins] which can be completed in small increments)

  • Registration Fee: FREE for Maine Clinicians
  • CME Credits Offered: 1.5

Hardware/Software Requirements:

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.
  • The quiz tool within the online modules are not fully compatible with smartphones or tablets. In order to avoid issues, such as answers not being recorded, we recommend using a computer to complete the pre- and post-tests.

Assessment and Grading:

This learning module begins with a Pre-Test that will test your knowledge and allow you to gauge your baseline understanding of the topics to be covered. Your pre-test score will not count toward your overall grade. At the end of the module, there is a Post-Test that will determine your final grade. A comparison of your Pre-Test score and Post-Test score will help to assess how much knowledge you’ve gained. You will have three attempts to complete the Post-Test. Your score must be 75% or better in order to receive a certificate for CME credit. Please complete the evaluation survey at the conclusion of the learning module.

This activity qualifies for 1.5 CME credits of the 3 CME credit requirement for opioid medication education found in P.L. 2015, Chapter 488, Maine’s recent legislation to address the opioid drug abuse crisis.

To Obtain CME Credits:

  • Complete the entire learning module.
  • Complete the Pre-Test, Post Test, and Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.
  • You must earn a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test in order to qualify for CME credits. You will have three attempts to complete the Post-Test.
  • After confirming that the entire learning module is complete and you have received a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test, your certificate of completion will be generated and available for you for download.
  • Once all requirements are met, you will be presented with a generic certificate of completion.
  • The official CME Documentation Form will be available to download from within the evaluation survey, after you answer all the questions and enter in your contact information.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Pre-Assessment
  • Identifying Stigma and Changing the Culture Around Addiction
  • Addiction vs. Dependence
  • Intro to MAT and treatment options
  • Post-Assessment


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and Qualidigm. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.


The following planners, speakers and authors have indicated that they have no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

Eric Haram, LADC
Haram Consulting

Kate Chichester, MSN, APRN, BC,
Executive Director
Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine

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