Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder: A Guide for Primary Care Providers

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is common in primary care where the bulk of these patients are seen-often for its complications-but medications to treat AUD remain underutilized in this setting. Primary care physicians can and should prescribe medications to help patients reduce their alcohol use. This practical webinar will cover the basics of when to provide medications for this disorder and what patient characteristics to keep in mind when choosing from the 4 FDA approved medications available. 

Recorded 10/27/2017.


ASAM and/or CSAM Members: Free
Non-Member: $50.00

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Target Audience

  1. Primary care physicians who are implimenting medication assisted treatment of opioid dependence.
  2. Other clinicians who see patients dependent on opioids.

Learning Objectives

After attending this participants will be able to:

  • Name 4 FDA-approved medications and 1 other efficacious medication for AUD
  • Identify adverse effects, major risks, and contradictions of these AUD medications
  • Identify patient characteristics that can be used to select appropriate AUD medication
  • Identify which AUD medications can be used with which specific AUD patient populations
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA Category 1
  • 1.00 Attendance
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Steven Batki, MD
Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Chief, Addiction Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS), San Francisco VA Medical Center
Director, Addiction Research Program, UCSF/SFVAMC
Dr. Batki has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This enduring internet activity is jointly provided by the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) and the California Health Care Foundation. CSAM is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CSAM takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

CSAM designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PA’s, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and therapists can earn CE credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA Category 1
  • 1.00 Attendance


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