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Expanding the Continuum of Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Nonabstinence Approaches

About the Course

This course challenges the predominant focus on abstinence in Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment and considers the need for increased research attention on nonabstinence psychosocial treatment of SUD as a potential way to engage and retain more people in treatment, to engage people in treatment earlier, and to improve treatment effectiveness.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Expanding the Continuum of Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Nonabstinence Approaches created by Catherine E. Paquette, PhD, Stacey B. Daughters, PhD, and Katie Witkiewitz, PhD in 2022.

Publication Date:

Clinical Psychology Review, 91, 1–14 Feb 2022

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Catherine E. Paquette, PhD

Dr. Paquette is a Postdoctoral Associate in Research with the Bellwether Collaborative for Health Justice. Her research focuses on harm reduction interventions for physical and mental health among people who use criminalized drugs, including those affected by the criminal legal system. She has had multiple works published in peer reviewed journals.

Stacey B. Daughters, PhD

Dr. Daughters is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of North Carolina. Dr. Daughters expertise is in the identification of neurobiological and behavioral determinants of substance use treatment response. She has had multiple works published in peer reviewed journals.

Katie Witkiewitz, PhD

Dr. Witkiewitz is a Professor at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include mindfulness-based interventions for substance use disorders and harm reduction and diverse pathways to recovery from substance use disorder. She has had multiple works published in peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

Tiara Totten

Tiara Totten is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Licensed Professional Counselor with more than nine years of experience working with adolescents and adults utilizing person-centered, motivational interviewing, solution-focused, and cognitive behavioral techniques to help individuals achieve optimal wellness. She has extensive experience in individual therapy, group therapy and supervision and is currently working on her PsyD in clinical psychology.

Recommended For:

Counselors, addiction specialist, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize the importance of treatment methods that reduce harm from drug use for individuals and society.
  2. Describe the lack of research on nonabstinence treatments, especially for drug use disorders.
  3. Identify the potential of harm reduction therapies and learn the need for systematic testing of nonabstinence treatments.

Disclosure to Learners

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

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Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103402
1.75 CE credit hour
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