Course on Addiction and Recovery Education (CARE)

See how we're educating medical students to identify, intervene and address substance use disorders.

Course on Addiction and Recovery Education

The CARE Story

The Course on Addiction & Recovery Education (CARE) was developed by the nonprofit Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in collaboration with MedU, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) to address the widely recognized need for substance use disorder education in medical schools. A lack of formal training in this area has left many of today's practicing physicians inadequately prepared to assess, intervene, manage, and treat addiction and co-occurring disorders. Properly trained physicians will be positioned to better serve substance use patients as well as improve the overall quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.

Is It Addiction?

Thanks to the CARE online curriculum now offered in 30 medical schools worldwide, future physicians are taking on today's most underdiagnosed and misunderstood disease: Addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

A first-of-its-kind online course for medical students, CARE draws from leading experts and emerging science.
The curriculum was developed by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in collaboration with MedU, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Treatment Research Institute.
  • MedU platform supports easy access and navigation
  • Interactive format fosters learning engagement
  • Flexible modules allow for customization
Through TED-style videos, leading addiction scientists and clinicians present the latest information and best practices on 14 topics, including:
  • Neurobiology of Addiction
  • Psychiatric Comorbidity
  • Epidemiology of Addiction
  • Evidence-Based Behavioral Therapies
  • Medication in the Treatment of Addiction
  • Genetic in Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders
Medical students utilize CARE's interactive platform in clinically considering six patient profiles:
  • Pregnancy and Alcohol Abuse
  • Cannabis Use in Adolescents
  • Pain Management and Liability for Addiction
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Dermatology and Stimulant Use
  • IV Heroin Use and HIV

Program Cost

  • Low annual subscription fee
  • Complimentary 30-day trial

For More Information

For subscriptions or trials, call 1-603-727-7002 or email

For information, call Joseph Skrajewski, Executive Director of Medical and Professional Education at 1-760-773-4375 or email:

Testimonials from leaders in Addiction Medicine:

"I think the biggest contribution of the CARE program will be to finally provide physicians and other healthcare workers with the much needed but often ignored information to help them improve day to day care of common, chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, depression, many infectious diseases and chronic pain where undetected substance use has so often compromised the quality, costs and outcomes of that care."
—A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, Founder and Board Chair of the Treatment Research Institute

"Training in medical school is essential to ground future doctors with the belief that addictions are common, chronic, illnesses which appear to all medical specialists. Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, ASAM, TRI, and MedU go to the center of this with these important vignettes and training modules."
—Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

"The CARE cases are just right. Medical students will be challenged to think about the intersection between substance use and health problems. The physicians in the cases demonstrate how to talk to patients about their substance use in collaborative, non-threatening ways."
—Mark P. Schwartz MD, FAAFP, FASAM, Medical Director of inpatient detox services at Princeton House Behavioral Health

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