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LWWW Well Talk – Understanding Addiction

Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain affecting the reward system, learning, stress, decision making, and self-control. It is not simply a choice or personal failing. This helps explain why individuals with addiction are unable to stop using drugs or alcohol despite negative consequences and why the risk of relapse persists long after discontinuing use. Effective treatment is available, including medications that reduce the risk of relapse to opioids or alcohol.

Activity Details

Start Date:  April 9, 2021
End Date:  April 9, 2024

You may claim CME or CNE credit for successful completion of this online course. In order to claim credit, you must follow these steps:

  1. Register for the learning activity by creating an account or logging in to your account.
  2. Click Continue to navigate to the Evaluation tab; then click the Launch button to start the evaluation.
  3. Complete and Submit the evaluation and attestation form.

When the evaluation is submitted, you will be awarded credit. You may access your transcript for verification of participation at any time via Your Account. Need help? Visit the Support Page, send an Email, or call the Center for Learning and Professional Development at (603) 653-1234, Option 1.

  • Charles D. Brackett, MD, MPH

    Dr. Brackett is a general internist (primary care physician) at DHMC who divides his time between patient care, resident education, and Population Health. His recent work includes integration of behavioral health into
    Primary care and directing the Opioid Addiction Treatment Collaborative, which seeks to improve the management of opioid use disorder in general medical settings. He recently became board certified in addiction medicine.

There is no fee for this activity, but to receive credit(s) you must register online and complete the online evaluation (you must register to access this form).

Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to discuss addiction as a chronic brain disease for which effective treatment options are available.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 1.0 contact hour.

Requirements for Successful Completion

In order to receive credit for this Continuing Medical Education, Continuing Nursing Education (CME/CNE) activity, you must:

  • View the entire module
  • fill out the activity evaluation. (you must register to access).
Speaker Disclosure

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content have reported NO financial interest or relationship* with various companies. There were no individuals in a position to control the content that refused to disclose.

*A “financial interest or relationship" refers to an equity position, receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by a research grant, receiving honoraria for educational services elsewhere, or to any other relationship to a company that provides sufficient reason for disclosure, in keeping with the spirit of the stated policy.

Bibliographic Sources
  • U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, 2016. Facing Addiction in America. The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.
  • Volkow, Nora D., MD. Perspective. NEJM, April 2020
  • Tetrault, Jeanette M. More Beds or More Chairs? Using a Science-Based Approach to Address the Opiod Epidemic. Ann Intern Med 2018: 168: 73-74
Provider Contact Information

Provider contact information for questions regarding accreditation of the activity:

Center for Learning and Professional Development
CME/CNE Office
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Type:     Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
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