Addiction in 2023: An Update for Professionals

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About the Event

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric hospital of Harvard Medical School, is pleased to offer this annual conference bringing together some of the foremost authorities in the addiction field.

Topics include new, evidence-based treatments, the nuances of treating co-occurring disorders along with addiction, and special populations. Smaller, breakout sessions each afternoon allow for in-depth exploration of topic areas in an interactive and stimulating format that should enhance learning and skill-building.

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Who Attends

  • Psychiatrists, Psychologists
  • Physicians, Physician Assistants
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors

About Addiction

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was estimated that 22 million Americans struggled from an addiction to alcohol or drugs and approximately 20% of all Americans smoked cigarettes. Early reports suggest these numbers have grown as a result of the pandemic.

The surge of opioid addiction and deaths from overdose are a national crisis. The consequences of addiction are numerous; it results in a myriad of health problems, harms and disrupts families and other relationships, and can leave individuals isolated, depressed, and even suicidal. Addictions can lead to vulnerability to co-occurring disorders and co-occurring disorders can sometimes lead to addictions, making treatment of either condition particularly complex.

Individuals with an addiction often deny the extent of the problem and resist treatment altogether. Despite all of these difficulties, countless Americans confront and overcome their addictions every year, often with the help of health care professionals and formal treatment programs.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Outline national priorities for addressing substance use disorders in the United States
  • Incorporate social determinants of health strategies to more effectively engage with and treat patients/clients
  • Customize treatments for special populations, including women, adolescents, and LGBTQ+ people
  • Implement appropriate treatment for opioid use disorder
  • Discuss marijuana and benzodiazepine use and misuse
  • Prescribe appropriate medications in treating alcohol and opioid use disorders
  • Recognize and appropriately treat pain disorders in people with substance use disorders
  • Implement treatments for anxiety in people with substance use disorders
  • Apply advanced cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) skills

Physicians and Doctoral-Level Professionals


Other Professionals and Trainees


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May 13-14, 2022


All times listed are Eastern time zone

  • Friday


    May 13, 2022

  • Saturday


    May 14, 2022


Physicians and Doctoral-Level Professionals



Other Professionals and Trainees



Join Us Online!

May 13-14, 2022


What People Are Saying

About the 2019 Conference

“Thank you for your dedication to treating individuals with SUD and imparting knowledge into others willing to stand beside you.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed this conference. The quality of the speakers was outstanding, and the topics were so relevant to my practice. I always feel so inspired and hopeful after attending this conference.”

About Presenter Dr. R. Kathryn McHugh

“Dr. McHugh was great and believe me at that time of day we were all ready to go home but she was so good I would never leave!”

“One of the best presentations of the conference. She gave great info that can be used and applied in clinical practice. Very much appreciated.”

“Wonderful speaker. One of the best lectures of the series.”

About Presenter Dr. Joji Suzuki

“One of the best presenters at the conference. His style, humor, and knowledge kept me engaged at the end of a long day.”

“Superb presentation. Explained concepts very clearly. Used great examples. Excellent teacher!”

“Excellent engaging speaker - bring him back!”


About Presenter Dr. Hilary Connery

“Dr. Connery displayed her expertise in this topic. Well-presented.”

“Hilary is another superb presenter as she is extremely knowledgeable, the content of her presentations are always thought provoking, informative, and useful in clinical practice. I found the information she shared re: medications for OUD and the differences between the meds and the ways in which they target diseased brain receptors very informative.”

About Presenter Dr. Roger Weiss

"Excellent presenter! He has an easy way about him, and he is funny and interesting.”

“Simply the best. He was knowledgeable and articulate. Very helpful for clinical work.”

“Superior speaker. Very relatable, enjoyable to listen to. Pulled many real-life practical examples from his clinical practice to illustrate his points.”

About Presenter Dr. Shelly Greenfield

“Excellent presentation. Very relevant for my practice. A lot of new information. Probably my favorite presentation of the conference.”

“It was an excellent update of the status of alcohol and other substances in females. It opened my eyes to the reality of the situation.”

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Continuing Education Opportunities

McLean Hospital, in conjunction with Harvard Medical School, hosts a series of conferences focused on topics in mental health.

With expert speakers from around the globe, the courses include panel presentations, question and answer sessions, and other engaging learning formats.

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Accreditations and Approvals


Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Risk Management

This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 3.5 credits of risk management study. This includes

  • 3.5 credits of opioid education and pain management training
  • 1.5 credits of medical marijuana training

Please check your individual state licensing board requirements before claiming these credits.

This activity covers topics required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to be included in continuing professional development programs that physicians registered with the state’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program must complete as a condition to issuing written certifications to qualifying patients.


McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants meeting requirements will receive 13.5 CE credits.


Harvard Medical School is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity is approved for 13.75 contact hours, of which 5.75 is eligible for pharmacology credit.

Contact hours are awarded commensurate with participation and completion of the online evaluation and attendance attestation. We suggest claiming your hours within 30 days of the activity date, after this time, the attendance attestation will still be required to claim your hours.

Social Workers

Please contact us at 617.855.3140 for the status of social work CE accreditation.

NBCC-ACEP-clear-webLicensed Mental Health Counselors

McLean Hospital has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM No. 6085). Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. McLean Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This offering meets requirements for up to 13.5 NBCC hours.

Addiction Counselors

Application has been submitted to Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor for credits.

Certified Addiction Specialists

Application has been submitted for credits.

Physician Assistants

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification. Learners should check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.

International Clinicians

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society, or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found on their website.

Note: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is calculated based on submission of a preliminary agenda and may be subject to change.

ABMS/ACGME Competencies

This course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties/Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education competencies:

  • Patient care and procedural skills
  • Professionalism
  • Medical knowledge
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

IOM Competencies

This course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine (IOM) competencies: provide patient-centered care and work in interdisciplinary teams.

Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.


CME activities accredited by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

Tuition Payment, Confirmation, and Refund Policy

You may register through our secure online environment and will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your payment. Tuition includes an electronic syllabus.

Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be made in our secure online system or by email. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee.

Questions? Call 617.384.8600, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, or email



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