This course looks at the prevalence of alcohol use disorder (AUD) in the United States. It underlines the necessity of pharmacotherapy as a treatment option for AUD, as well as the importance of comprehensive treatment programs that incorporate behavioral interventions in addition to medicine. Potential benefits of AUD drugs in improving medical and mental health, and quality of life are also discussed.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Alcohol Use Disorder: The Role of Medication in Recovery created by Barbara Mason, PhD and Charles J. Heyser, PhD in 2021.
Course Material Authors
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Barbara Mason, PhD
Barbara Mason, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and addiction researcher who has spent her career studying and treating addiction. Dr. Mason is well-known for her revolutionary research on treatment for addiction. Dr. Mason has held a variety of posts throughout her career, including Director of the University of Miami's Center for Addiction Research and Education at the University of Miami.
Charles J. Heyser, PhD
Charles J. Heyser, PhD, was a well-known researcher and scientist who made significant contributions to the field of neurology. As a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health, he investigated the neurological foundation of learning and memory. Dr. Heyser also investigated drug effects on cognitive performance.
Danny Wamsley is a licensed addiction specialist with a clinical certification with the National Association of Dual Diagnosis (NADD). Danny currently works in manage care as a DSS liaison. His primary goal is to provide consultation to social workers who are involved with child-protective services and In-Home Services. Danny also has 10+ years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with intellectual disability and substance use. Danny’s professional interests include addictions/recovery, intellectual disability, foster care, military, trauma, and domestic violence.
Addiction professionals, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for beginners.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Describe the prevalence and severity of alcohol use disorder (AUD) in the United States.
Demonstrate the importance of a comprehensive treatment plan for AUD.
Identify at least two current medications for AUD that are available for use by the recovery community and potential medications under development.
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Course Creator: Danny Wamsley, LCASA
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