Comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with substance-related health problems and SUDs along a continuum of care, including inpatient/residential, outpatient treatments, early intervention, harm reduction, and prevention. Providing care to patients in different settings, such as inpatient medically managed withdrawal programs, SUD treatment programs, consultation services, and integrated clinics.
Working with an interdisciplinary team that includes other medical specialists, counselors, psychologists, family members, and/or other stakeholders involved in the patient’s care
The medical model of addiction, including a basic knowledge of neurobiology and changes in brain structures associated with addiction.
Pharmacology of common psychoactive substances, including alcohol, nicotine, stimulants, sedative-hypnotics, depressants, opioids, inhalants, hallucinogens, and cannabinoids.
The impact of substance use, including psychosocial and medicolegal implications, in diverse populations and cultures, such as in women, neonates, children, adolescents, families, the elderly, sexual and gender minorities, patients with physical or mental trauma or other injuries, military personnel and dependents, health care professionals, employees, and persons involved in the criminal justice system.
Screening, brief intervention strategies appropriate to substance use risk level, and referral to treatment.
Identification and treatment of common co-occurring conditions, such as medical, psychiatric, and pain conditions.