Neurobiology of Addiction

Jointly sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Learning Objectives

After participating in this CME activity, participants should be able to:

  • Complete self measurement of knowledge before taking Neurobiology of Addiction online course
  • Describe and discuss the five “Cs” of addiction
  • Relate the five C’s to patients experiencing homelessness
  • Describe and discuss the process of the reward circuits
  • Describe and discuss the impact of drugs of abuse/misuse on human neurology
  • Describe and discuss factors affecting addiction potential
  • Describe and discuss effects of specific pharmacological and behavioral interventions for addicted patients
  • Relate factors affecting addiction potential and effects of interventions to patients experiencing homelessness
  • Complete self-measurement of knowledge after completing the Neurobiology of Addiction online course

Target Audience

This learning activity is designed for health professionals and other interested parties who need to understand the neurological effects of addictive substances and treatments. The course is designed to help learners understand and apply information about the neurobiology of addiction to patients experiencing homelessness.


  • Course Director: Jule West, MD, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Planner and Speaker: Eugene Boss, MD, Medical Director, Health Care for the Homeless/Mercy Medical Center
  • Planner: Sabrina Edgington, MSSW, Program and Policy Specialist, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
  • Planner: Carol Hall, Co-chair, National Consumer Advisory Board
  • Planner: Linda Barnet, BSN, RN, Registered Nurse, Health Care for the Homeless/Mercy Medical Center
  • Speaker: Heather Rippetoe, MA, MA, National HCH Council, Learning Program Director

Faculty Disclosure

It is the policy of the ACCME and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to require disclosure of financial relationships from individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity; to identify and resolve conflicts of interest related to those relationships; and to make disclosure information available to the audience prior to the CME activity.  Presenters are required to disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations.

No one in a position to influence the content of this enduring material has a financial relationship to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support

This enduring material received no commercial support.

Method of Participation

This enduring material consists of video instruction, written materials, and a post-test requiring approximately 1.5 hours of your time.

To obtain CME credit for your participation in this activity, you must:

  • take the course
  • watch all presentations and complete the related activities
  • click on the link to the Vanderbilt CME website at the end of the course
  • complete the post-test with a passing score of at least 80%
  • evaluate the activity
  • your credit will be immediately available online

Personal information is used for issuing a CME credit certificate and storing that credit in the Vanderbilt CME database.

The release and termination dates for this enduring material is January 1, 2012.  Credit expires on December 31, 2014.

Hardware/software requirements

Internet access, QuickTime Player.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact Victoria Raschke at