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The Unique Nature of Opioid Use Disorders
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
Now Available For Preorder
Product Details
DVD Video - 4+ hours
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
2/9/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Discover how the neurobiology of opioid addiction can help you and your clients set realistic goals.
  2. Employ evidence-based psychotherapeutic and wellness approaches when working with clients addicted to opioids.
  3. Determine how behavioral interventions and Medication Assisted Treatment can be combined to improve treatment outcomes.
  4. Assess the impact of co-occurring mental health disorders on opioid addiction treatment outcomes.
  5. Develop fully integrated recovery plans that meet clients’ regulatory needs.
  • How You Get Hooked in the First Place:
    • Understand the Neuroscience of Opioid Addiction
      • The Brain’s reward system: Mesolimbic Dopamine Pathway
      • How chronic opioid use changes the brain
      • Differences from other substance addictions
      • Distinct risks of opioid abuse
      • How neurobiology can help you determine treatment methods and establish realistic goals
    • Psychotherapeutic Approaches:
      • Tailor Proven Techniques to the Person with Opioid Use Disorder
      • CBT and how it’s applied in evidence-based practice
      • DBT and dialectical abstinence
      • Motivational enhancement
      • Trauma-based therapies that target substance abuse disorders
      • Peer-based models
      • Contingency management - address problematic behaviors
      • Mindfulness, wellness-based activities and physical exercise
      • How to assess when treatment ends or is not working
    • Treat Drug Addiction with Medication:
      • How Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Can Save Lives
        • Is the controversy over? Benefits and drawbacks of MAT
        • The latest findings
        • Opioid agonists and antagonists Methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone
        • Naloxone (Narcan)
        • How to combat associated stigma
        • Current regulations
        • Role of the behavioral health clinician in MAT
    • Co-Occurring Assessment and State-of the- Art Tools
      • The impact of opioid use and co-occurring disorders on treatment outcomes
      • The Intake - if you don’t look for it you won’t find it
      • High-risk areas for misdiagnoses and missed diagnoses
      • The utility of standardized assessment tools and when to use them
      • Obtain no-cost, and well-validated, diagnosis specific instruments
      • Objective data and how and when to access prescription monitoring databases
      • The assessment of dangerousness
      • Assess readiness for change, and stage-of change theory
      • How to approach level of care decisions
    • Co-Occurring Treatment/Recovery Plans in 3 Easy Steps
      • Create the Problem/Need List
      • Set goals and objectives that meet client and regulatory needs
      • Develop fully integrated treatment/recovery plans


Charles Atkins, MD, author of Co-Occurring: The Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use and Mental Disorders, is a board-certified psychiatrist, the Chief Medical Officer of Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA), and a nationally recognized clinical trainer. He has extensive experience working with individuals with a broad-range of co-occurring disorders, has been a member of the Yale clinical faculty, and is a past regional medical director for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (CT).

Dr. Atkins has written both non-fiction and fiction, including books on Bipolar Disorder, and Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as numerous published novels. Dr. Atkins has written hundreds of articles, columns, and short stories for professional and popular magazines, newspapers, and journals. He’s been a regular contributor to the American Medical Association’s American Medical News, a consultant to the Reader’s Digest Medical Breakthrough series, and his work has appeared in publications ranging from The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to Writer’s Digest Magazine. He’s been twice featured in the New York Times, as well as many other publications.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Charles Atkins is Chief Medical Officer for Community Mental Health Affiliates, LLC (CMHA). He receives royalties as an author for Sourcebooks. Dr. Atkins receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Charles Atkins has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Continuing Education Credits

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CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists, Addiction Counselors, Therapists, Case Managers, Nurses, Public Health Department Staff, Marriage and Family Therapists, Other Mental Health Professionals