Ensuring Confidentiality in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training


The following Ensuring Confidentiality in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training educates healthcare providers on the foundational legal principles underpinning confidentiality in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Furthermore, SUD is a treatable mental disorder that affects a person’s brain and behavior, leading to their inability to control their use of substances like legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or medications. Additionally, the symptoms can be moderate to severe, where addiction being the most severe form of SUD.

What you will learn:

  • Identifying protected health information (PHI)
  • Strategies for ensuring compliance with confidentiality regulations in various treatment settings
  • Exceptions to the confidentiality rule
  • Appropriate ways to disclose SUD treatment information
  • Protocols for responding to a confidentiality breach
  • The complexities of handling confidentiality for patients with co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Techniques for building trust with patients regarding the confidentiality of their information
  • How to respond to court orders
  • Adapting to changes in confidentiality regulations


Course length: 1 hour and 30 minutes. CME: 1.5

Languages: American English

Key features: Audio narration, learning activity, and post-assessment.

American Medical Compliance is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical  Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education to physicians. Our Continuing Medical Education (CME) program is committed to enhancing the knowledge, skills, and professional performance of healthcare providers to improve healthcare outcomes. Through high-quality educational activities, we aim to address the identified educational gaps to support the continuous professional development of our medical community. American Medical Compliance designates this activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim this credit for their complete participation in this activity.

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Substance Use Disorder

It is usually preferable to treat mental health disorders and substance use disorders together rather than separately when someone has both. Individuals should consult a healthcare professional for each mental disorder they require assistance with, including SUD. Because some symptoms of both conditions might be difficult to distinguish, the provider should use comprehensive diagnostic techniques to lower the risk of misdiagnosis and ensure appropriate therapy. It also is essential that the provider tailor treatment, which may include behavioral therapies and medications, to an individual’s specific combination of disorders and symptoms. To learn more about substance use disorder and how to ensure confidentiality amongst your patients with SUD, click the button below.
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