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Alcohol and Craving

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About the Course:

A collection of articles devoted to the important interplay of alcohol and craving, from Alcohol Research and Health the peer-reviewed quarterly journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Approximately 60 pages of text.

  • What Is Craving? by Raymond F. Anton, M.D.
  • Assessing Craving for Alcohol by David J. Drobes, Ph.D., and Suzanne E. Thomas, Ph.D.
  • Functional Imaging of Craving by Daniel W. Hommer, M.D.
  • Approaching Avoidance: A Step Essential to the Understanding of Craving by Mary Jo Breiner M.S., Werner G. K. Stritzke, Ph.D., and Alan R. Lang, Ph.D.
  • Medications and Alcohol Craving by Robert M. Swift, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Cognitive Concepts of Craving by Stephen T. Tiffany, Ph.D.
  • Does Urge To Drink Predict Relapse After Treatment? by Damaris J. Rohsenow, Ph.D., and Peter M. Monti, Ph.D.

**This course is based on the reading-based online, Alcohol and Craving created by **


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

Volume 23, no. 3, 1999

Course Creator

Dan Rebek, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about alcohol and craving. It is appropriate for participants with intermediate to advanced levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify methods for assessing craving and the potential clinical benefits of assessment.

  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the defining features of cravings and the implications for treatment.

  3. Understand the role of craving in unhealthy alcohol use and relapse.

  4. Understand the importance of inter-connected approach and avoidance inclinations in the phenomena of craving.

  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the behavioral, cognitive and physiological components of craving.

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

5 CE credit hours

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American Psychological Association (APA)

5 CE credit hours

CE Learning Systems is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

5 CE credit hours

This course has been approved by CE Learning Systems, service provider of Addiction Counselor CE, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #107243, CE Learning Systems is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

5 CPD hours

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Article: Assessing Craving for Alcohol

This public domain article is reproduced from the NIAAA website.

Article: Approach Avoidance

This public domain article is reproduced from the NIAAA website.

Article: Medications and Alcohol Craving

This public domain article is reproduced from the NIAAA website.

Article: Cognitive Concepts of Craving

This public domain article is reproduced from the NIAAA website.

Article: Does Urge To Drink Predict Relapse After Treatment

This public domain article is reproduced from the NIAAA website.

Article: Functional Imaging of Craving

This public domain article is reproduced from the NIAAA website.

Course Article

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Course Number 100624
5 credit hours
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  • Reading-Based Online
Exam Fee: No Longer Available
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663 members have taken this course


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