Opioid Addiction and Its Treatment: A Brief Overview for Psychotherapists

On-Demand Webinar

Author: Arnold M. Washton, Ph.D.
Instructional Level: Introductory 

1 CE credit for psychologists
**This webinar fulfills the NJ psychologist CE requirement on opioid addiction**

Duration: 1 hour
Price: $25


The persisting opioid epidemic has resulted in unprecedented rates of addiction, overdose deaths, emergency room visits, and treatment admissions. Because rates of addiction are especially high among people affected by other types of mental health problems, it behooves all psychotherapists to have a working knowledge of SUDs and be able to skillfully assess and treat these disorders in office-based practice. This presentation will describe demographics of the current opioid epidemic, the pharmacology of opioid agonists and antagonists, medications for treating opioid dependence (including naltrexone and buprenorphine), and evidence-based behavioral and psychosocial interventions. Lecture material combined with case vignettes will be used to demonstrate how to formulate an initial treatment plan, respond to various challenges and setbacks, and work collaboratively with medication prescribers.

In order to receive CE credits, users will be required to pass a post-test after watching the video. 

Learning Objectives

1. List major trends that have contributed to the opioid epidemic
2. Describe the combined use of medication and psychotherapy to optimize patient engagement, retention, and treatment outcomes


Arnold M. Washton, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist (NJ License No. 35S100357400) and book author specializing in the treatment of substance use and other behavioral health problems since 1975. Together with his psychologist wife, Dr. Lori Washton, he is in full-time private practice at The Washton Group, located both in Princeton, NJ and New York City. Dr. Washton has served as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, as director of several nationally recognized addiction treatment programs, and as a consultant to professional sports teams, government agencies, media organizations, and major corporations. He has been a recipient of research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and has served as substance abuse advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, special committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Washton has authored numerous journal articles and several books, including "Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice: Doing What Works" (Guilford Press) and “Willpower’s Not Enough: Understanding and Recovering From Addictions of Every Kind” (Harper-Collins).

Dr. Washton does not have any conflicts of interest for this program.

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