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Understanding Addiction

Written by: Catherine Cantrell, RN, MSN

1 Contact Hour


This course covers defining addiction, the factors that create addiction and the consequences of addiction for the person and others. Also explored are ways to manage pain in the era of the opioid crisis.

Course Outline:

  • Understanding drug addiction
    1. Diagnostic criteria
    2. Neurobiology of dependence
    3. Multifactorial determinants
  • The consequences of addiction
    1. Personal & Family
    2. Community & State
    3. National policy
  • Managing pain in the era of the opioid crisis
    1. The pain scale
    2. Addiction versus tolerance
    3. Addiction treatment

Successful completion of this course will provide the learner with one (1) contact hour.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

To receive credit for this course you must pass this test with a score of 80% or higher.

No individual in a position to control content for this activity has any relevant financial relationships to declare.

Contact hours will be provided for the completion of this activity from December 14, 2018 through December 14, 2020.

    1 Contact Hour