Addiction as Disease: Leaving the Stigma Behind

Published by Texas Pharmacy Association


This lesson is an application-based CE activity and is targeted to pharmacists and technicians. This program has been approved for 1.5 contact hours of continuing education credit (0.15 CEUs).

Description: Substance use disorder (SUD), including drug addiction, is a topic not well understood by pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. This brief lecture will cover a) what “addiction” is, and what it is not, b) the latest DSM criteria for diagnosing SUD, c) the neurobiology of “addiction”, d) how SUDs are best treated, and e) an overview of anti-relapse medications that all pharmacists will be dispensing. The emphasis will be on best practices regarding this important but neglected topic.

At the completion of this activity, the pharmacists and technicians will be able to:
1. Differentiate the disease of addiction from simple overuse of drugs, and the methods to diagnose the differences
2. Identify the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological substrates for drug action, including reward mechanisms activated by mood-altering drugs
3. List the past, present, and future drug therapies for substance use disorders
4. Describe the mechanisms by which new treatments help Addicted patients through reversal of brain chemistry dysregulation.

”ACPE Texas Pharmacy Association (154) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Continuing education will be provided to participants who completed all course requirements.


ACPE 0154-0000-17-016-H01-P
ACPE 0154-0000-17-016-H01-T

This lesson is an application-based CE activity and is targeted to pharmacists and technicians. This program has been approved for 1.5 contact hours of continuing education credit (0.15 CEUs).

Carlton K Erickson
Dr. Erickson, a research scientist, has been studying the effects of alcohol on the brain for over 45 years. He presently is Pfizer Centennial Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin. Carl has 30 years of biomedical research experience as an active pharmacologist and neuroscientist and 20 years of educational research, all in academic settings. As a...More

Originally Published

July 8, 2017

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Addiction as Disease: Leaving the Stigma Behind - Video
  • Addiction as Disease: Leaving the Stigma Behind - Paper

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