Course Description

The addiction treatment profession is changing as advancements in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) are not only recognized, but incorporated into the treatment program. Current evidence shows that medications are underused in the treatment of alcohol use disorder, including alcohol abuse and dependence. This is of concern because of the high prevalence of alcohol problems in the general population. People who engage in risky drinking often have physical and social problems related to their alcohol use. Problems with alcohol influence the incidence, course, and treatment of many other medical and psychiatric conditions (NIAAA, 2015).  As part of a comprehensive treatment modality, MAT for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) has been shown to support and improve recovery, reduce drinking and cravings. This course is designed to support your knowledge and understanding, and the value of MAT for AUD, whether pharmacotherapy, or in combination with therapeutic and community support interventions. 

Course Modality: This is an independent home-study course. Students will take the course according to their own timeline. 

Course Completion: To receive the course certificate, each student is required to agree to Student Learning Contract, read all text-based materials, view any media posted, complete and pass course examination, and complete and submit course evaluation.

Senior Instructor

Diane Sherman, PhD

Dr. Diane Sherman, Ph.D., a substance abuse profession since 1975, beginning her career while serving in the U.S. Army for in the capacity of Behavioral Science Specialist.  She holds the national advanced credential of Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-II, and E-Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Diane earned her Doctorate in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from Capella University in 2007. Since 2008 she has taught and supervised students who are in pursuit of the certified addiction counselor credential. She is a national, regional and state presenter offering topics relevant to addiction professional, clinical, and ethical practices and clinical supervision. In 2015 was honored to receive the Georgia School of Addiction Studies, Bruce Hoopes Pioneer Award in Addiction Treatment, a personally meaningful award, for excellence in the addiction profession.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1. Introduction

  • 2

    Watch this Instruction Video for Completing your Assignments

    • Instructional Video for Completing Assignments

  • 3

    Chapter 2. Medication Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder.

    • Understanding CNS Depressants: Alcohol.

    • Medication Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder presentation

    • Medication Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder_Oct 2015

    • Helping Patients Who Drink too Much_A Clinicians Guide

    • MAT and AUD. Homework #1.

    • MAT and AUD. Homework #2.

    • MAT and AUD. Homework #3.

  • 4

    Chapter 3. Course Completion

    • MAT and AUD. Exam

    • Course Review

    • Course Evaluation