From a neurobiological perspective, addiction is the hijacking of the pleasure-reward pathways of the brain and a weakening of its executive function. In 2022, the fundamental model has been expanded to include newer concepts such as motivational circuitry and anti-reward pathways. These 21st century discoveries inform clinical innovations that are now changing the landscape of the pharmacological and psychosocial treatments of substance use and co-occurring disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the basic elements of drive and cognition in the neurobiology of addiction.
  2. Describe the anti-reward pathways of the brain.
  3. Discuss clinical implications of the neurobiology of addiction in treating substance use disorders.

How it Works

After watching a video presentation by Petros Levounis, MD you will be required to take a short quiz. Upon receiving a grade of 80% or higher, you will be directed to a course evaluation. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be able to download a .pdf certificate to get your course credit.


  • Video Presentation (1.5 hour)
  • Exit quiz requiring a score of at least 80% to earn contact hours
  • Evaluation of the training

About the Presenter:

Petros Levounis, MD, MA Dr. Levounis serves as professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and chief of service at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Levounis came to Rutgers from Columbia University where he served as director of the Addiction Institute of New York from 2002 to 2013.>read more

Contact hours:

  • 1.5 contact hours¬†for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
  • 1.5 contact hours independent study Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
  • 1.5 contact hours for MHRT-C

Completion of an electronic evaluation is required to receive a certificate of contact hours.


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Categories: OUD/SUD
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