Online CEU Training: How to Screen for Substance Abuse Issues to Enhance Patient Care Outcomes

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Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment will kick off a new year with two expert-led online training courses in January 2015, which offer healthcare professionals the tools needed for productive patient exchanges about substance abuse. Led by Gateway’s Medical Director John Larson M.D., healthcare professionals are invited to register on two different dates to earn 1 CEU compliments of Gateway.

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Whether real or perceived, there are challenges when it comes to talking with patients about substance abuse, including time constraints and aversion to awkwardness.

"Whether real or perceived, there are challenges when it comes to talking with patients about substance abuse, including time constraints and aversion to awkwardness," says. John Larson M.D., Corporate Medical Director, Gateway Treatment Centers.

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment will kick off a new year with two expert-led online training courses in January 2015, which offer healthcare professionals the tools needed for productive patient exchanges about alcohol and drug use. Led by Gateway’s Medical Director John Larson M.D., healthcare professionals are invited to register on two different dates for a free Lunchtime Learning CEU Webinar—Thursday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—and earn 1 CEU compliments of Gateway.

Since healthcare professionals are in a unique position to alleviate the stigma associated with substance abuse issues, Gateway’s webinar will cover important topics, like the steps of a brief intervention and how to distinguish the various levels of substance use issues likely to be encountered in a healthcare setting.

“Discussing substance abuse issues with patients can be tricky. Whether real or perceived, there are challenges when it comes to talking with patients about substance abuse, including time constraints and our innate aversion to awkwardness,” says John Larson M.D., Corporate Medical Director, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment. “Yet, skipping the topic entirely is a huge disservice to patients who depend on healthcare professionals to help keep them healthy.”

To sign up for a webinar, please visit RecoverGateway.org/Training.

About Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment
Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers provide substance abuse treatment services for adults and adolescents at drug treatment centers throughout Illinois and the St. Louis Metro East area. Gateway’s outpatient and inpatient treatment centers are licensed by the state of Illinois and accredited by The Joint Commission. Each year, Gateway’s professional clinicians help thousands of individual's successfully complete treatment. To learn more about Gateway’s free, confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

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