Addiction is a chronic, relapsing illness that is difficult to cure. General practitioners (GPs) and other primary care professionals have a key role to
play in prevention, early detection and management of substance misuse and addiction.
This one day Active Learning Module (ALM) aims to develop and enhance GPs’ skills in recognizing and treating patients who present with drug addictions. The workshop will cover many of the dominant addictive substances seen in general practice including alcohol, benzodiazepines, cannabis, opioids and other psychostimulant drugs.
We will look at physical, psychological and legal issues surrounding these drugs, the patients who use them and the role and responsibilities of the general practitioner. Prescribing guidelines and comorbidities will also be covered.
1. Recognize substance use disorder and associated behaviors in patients.
2. Identify treatment options including brief interventions and formal treatment programs.
3. Outline the legal aspects of treatment when prescribing Schedule 8 drugs.
4. Implement a systems based approach to prescribing for a patient with a substance use disorder.
Type of Event:
Communication/Media (proclamation signing, press event, radio or television programming, op-ed, article or journal publication, book signing, blogging, etc.)
Conference (including substance use and/or mental disorders, treatment, recovery or related issues as a focus)
Education (townhall meeting, class, workshop, lecture or training for community and general public, policymakers, social service and criminal justice organizations, etc.)