A Physicians Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

A course of study developed by Terry A. Hagan, Ed.D. with the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University


This course is designed to enable physicians to base their clinical advice relative to their patient's use and/or abuse of mood altering substances on adequate scientific knowledge and to develop attitudes and skills that will facilitate effective interventions for patients with current or potential substance use disorders.


This course is designed to achieve the following set of objectives. Each objective is linked to material that will help you achieve the objective. At the end of each Objective Page you will find study questions that will allow you to assess your progress and confidence in your understanding of the concepts and facts presented. You are invited to pursue each topic area as far as you like. Your minimum objective, however, is to be able to answer the study questions at the end of each section. This effort will give you a guided tour through the materials that should prove helpful if you are ever in need of information to support your efforts to treat substance use disorders.

OST 517 - Substance Abuse - Course Protocol

(Click on an objective number to go to that objective)

To describe a method of searching for substance abuse related information on the WEB.

To describe the characteristics and current patterns of use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, and other mood altering substances in our society.

To describe one well researched method of screening patients for tobacco, alcohol and other drug use.

To describe one well researched method for assessing the level of severity of problems related to alcohol and other drug use.

To describe methods for providing office based treatment including techniques for brief intervention, advice giving and counseling.

To describe basic pharmacological treatments for nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs.

To describe methods for making viable referrals for specialized treatment and/or other community services for substance use disorders.

To describe what care is needed for family members affected by a relatives substance use disorder and how to make a viable referral for them.

To describe methods for recognizing and assisting colleagues who may have an alcohol or drug problem.

To describe your own attitudes and values regarding substance use disorders.

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