Addressing Addiction: Approaches for Your Patients

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What’s a pharmacist’s role in combating substance misuse? This session dives deep to help you acquire strategies that you can use to address substance misuse with patients, provide educational resources, and refer patients to recovery assistance programs. You will also learn a variety of pharmacological approaches to addiction therapy.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss strategies to reduce diversion and illicit use of controlled substances, including medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder.
  2. Discuss how to effectively intervene in the care of a patient with a substance use disorder by providing education and referring to an appropriate treatment program.
  3. Describe the impact of brief interventions from health care providers and the barriers that patients face in seeking recovery options.
  4. Employ statements that can be used to express concern for patients with addiction and promote change behavior.
  5. Compare the effectiveness of various pharmacological approaches to addiction therapy.

Activity type: Application-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists 

Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following archived webinar is approved for 2.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.2 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-19-015-H01-P

To obtain credit for completing Addressing Addiction: Approaches for Your Patients, watch the archived webinar, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript. 

Initial release date: March 22, 2019

Expiration date: March 22, 2022 


Addressing Addiction: Approaches for Your Patients is an archived, online educational activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


Anita Jacobson, PharmD; Jake Nichols, PharmD; and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association


There is no fee associated with this member only activity as part of the 2019 Home Study on Demand package. 

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements.