Understanding SUD

Are you looking for accurate, science-based information about substance use, substance use disorders (SUDs), and SUD treatment?

Understanding Substance Use Disorders is a 2-hour, self-paced online course designed for undergraduate and graduate students, behavioral health and health providers, and social services professionals who do not have a background in addictions or want a refresher.

Learn about:

  • Why people start taking substances and the effects of substances.
  • The continuum of substance use from not using (abstinence) to a substance use disorder.
  • How substances affect the brain, causing a chronic, relapsing brain disease.
  • Best practices for treating substance use disorders and maintaining recovery.

Continuing Education:

This course is FREE for a certificate of completion or $10 for 2 hours of continuing education (CHES, CNE, NAADAC, NASW, or NBCC).


This training is ongoing and will be offered Wednesday, November 01, 2017 through Thursday, December 31, 2020.

This course was developed by the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing and Health Studies’ Collaborative to Advance Health Services, with funding by grants TI025355, TI026442, and TI024226 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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