The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that substance abuse was among the most common medical conditions in the U.S. This course provides examples of screening tools and resources that individuals and agencies can use. It demonstrates warning signs, brief interventions, and communication skills. See also Behavioral Health Care.

Also available in Spanish.

Target Audience
Health professionals with basic computer literacy.

Type of Course
Online self-guided course

Expected Duration
3 hours

Lesson Objectives

Substance Abuse

  • Understand substance abuse disorders encountered in non-clinical settings
  • Recognize the warning signs of substance and alcohol abuse
  • Understand and, in some cases, administer and interpret drug and alcohol screening tools and identify appropriate interventions
  • Apply communication skills to interact compassionately and empathetically with individuals who have a substance use disorder
  • Create referral plans for sending clients to local and national agencies and services that can handle treatment and more in-depth screening for substance abuse problems

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