Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the basic science of addiction, especially related to how substances like opioids affect brain chemistry.
  2. Identify how the language one uses in communicating with someone experiencing a Substance Use Disorder (SUD), specifically a perceived or presented stigma, may become a limiting factor in decision-making for the patient seeking treatment.
  3. Recognize any biases you bring to the table when treating someone with an SUD.
  4. Describe different pathways of recovery and support services a clinician can recommend for a patient with SUD for successful recovery.