CE / Trainer course

The Brain and the Disease of Addiction

Course Overview

The Brain and the Disease of Addiction training course will teach you about the disease of addiction by looking at how the brain is affected by substances such as drugs and alcohol and how the disease of addiction develops.

This course is for individuals, parents, students, healthcare professionals and groups and organizations who will benefit from an understanding and knowledge of the science of the disease of addiction.

The course is available as a self-paced online continuing education course, as a trainer program for in-person and webinar settings or delivered by Overdose Lifeline as live online and on-site training for groups of five or more.

DEA MATE Act Training Approved

The Brian and the Disease of Addiction on-demand online CE course is approved MATE Act Training providing 2.0 ACCME or ANCC CE credits.  Learn More

What You Will Learn

Course Outline

  1. Addiction/Substance Use Disorder Historical View
  2. Definition of Addiction
    a. ASAM – Detailed
    b. Brief
  3. Number of Americans Affected, Treatment Gap, Barriers, and Recommendations
  4. Cause and Risk Factors
  5. Effects on the Brain
  6. Regions of the Brain Functions
    a. Limbic System and the Reward Pathway
    b. Dopamine and Neurotransmitters
    c. Reliance, Tolerance and Self Control
    d. Brain is Rewired
    e. Effect on the Survival Hierarchy
    f. Putting it all Together
  7. Withdrawal
  8. Relapse
  9. Neuroplasticity – The Brain’s Ability to Change/Reset
  10. Drug Classifications
  11. Activity (online)
  12. End Notes and Resources

Online CE Course - MATE Act Approved

On-demand online continuing education. Meets the ANCC and ACCME DEA MATE Act training requirements. Learn More

2.0 CE Credits

Clinician and layperson accreditation through Purdue University, College of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education.


Individual Course: $30

Onsite and Virtual Training

Onsite and virtual training available for groups of five or more.

Fill out the form below, email us, or call 844.554.3354 for more information and a custom quote.

Trainer Program

Get certified to deliver course within your community. Pricing includes a training and a licensing fee.


Removing the Shame and Stigma

Training Fee: $225/person

Program License Fee: $200/per person

Group Program License Fee: $400/per group

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