Substance Abuse in Women - CMEZ553

Substance Abuse in Women

by Connie Vogel, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CNE
(4.5 / 57 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 12.3% of girls ages 12 to 17 reported illicit drug use in the past year. The rate of illicit drug use for women overall was 7.7%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about 1 in 5 women reported binge alcohol drinking and among pregnant women, 1 in 10 reported alcohol use. Compared to boys and men, girls and women become addicted to alcohol, nicotine, and illegal and prescription drugs at lower levels of use and in shorter periods of time. They also develop substance-related diseases such as lung cancer more quickly, suffer more severe brain damage from alcohol and drugs such as Ecstasy, and often pay the ultimate price — their lives — sooner. Healthcare providers in a variety of roles and settings are uniquely positioned to provide assessment, early intervention, education, and referral for women with known risk factors for substance abuse.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, health educators, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physicians, and social workers with information about women and substance abuse and associated disorders, the developmental stages of substance abuse, and the critical components of intervention and treatment. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define the disorders associated with substance abuse in women
  • Describe the developmental stages of substance abuse in women
  • Identify three consequences of substance abuse in women

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including physicians and nurses.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 5/21/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/5/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/5/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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JACQUELYN P - St. Georges, DE  ·  Jun 30, 2019
Easy to understand & useful knowledge in pt. care
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Garnett H - Scottsdale, AZ  ·  Jun 15, 2019
This has good course content
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RENY V - bear, DE  ·  Jun 15, 2019
great information on substance abuse in women
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KELLY S - Brookhaven, PA  ·  Mar 18, 2019
Great information for women and substances abuse treatments.
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ELISABETH B - Lincoln University, PA  ·  Jan 13, 2019
well done! Consider changing format from one long narrative.
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Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50