Addiction & Substance Use Disorder

CAFP supports family physicians through programs in education, outreach and treatment for patients with substance use disorder.


8-Hour Substance Use Training for DEA MATE Act Requirements

CAFP offers a powerful resource to meet the MATE Act Requirements, available 24/7 through our Homeroom platform: 8-hour MATE Act DEA-Required Substance Use Training. For more information, see SAMHSA’s Recommendations, which describe the 8 hours of training on Opioid or other substance use disorders required of DEA registrants.


Voices of OUD Stigma

This collection of CAFP resources sheds light on critical and often neglected aspects of opioid use disorder (OUD) stigma encountered by health care professionals and people living with OUD. We learn what steps providers can take to reduce the negative impacts of stigma and improve OUD care and outcomes in a variety of settings.

These resources were developed in collaboration with the CRPC and CO*RE programs.

OUD and Stigma: We Can Save Lives with Dr. Gloria Sanchez.

You are invited to download this slide deck here and present locally.

OUD and the Hazards of Institutional Stigma, with Drs. Brian Hurley and Gloria Sanchez

Slashing through OUD Stigma for the Unhoused Population with Drs. Susan Partovi & Gloria Sanchez

OUD, Stigma and the Carceral System with Drs. Jonathan Watson and Gloria Sanchez

Call to Action: The Time for Treating Substance Use Disorder is Now

This program will help overcome barriers to California providers wishing to begin offering Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) and provide effective education to all interested family physicians. Patient-facing healthcare providers will learn to recognize OUD stigma, communicate more effectively, and be more confident in choosing MOUD.



Treating Addiction in Primary Care Series

CAFP has launched the Family Docs Podcast, beginning with a four-episode series titled Treating Addiction in Primary Care. The Family Docs Podcast will focus on content for family physicians and their care teams that they can put into practice right away.

The Treating Addiction in Primary Care series will highlight four areas to tackle to become more comfortable in beginning Medication for Opioid Use Disorder and start on your way to office based opioid treatment.


CAFP SUD Programs

MOUD Champions:
Peer Support for Physicians New to MOUD

New to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)? Do you have questions, or would like a knowledgeable family physician to chat with? Find a MOUD Champion to consult with. 

Do you already use Medication for your patients with Opioid Use Disorder? Be a MOUD Champion and share your expertise with peers seeking to build MOUD into their practice.


This program is sponsored by the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) and supported by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

Collaborative for REMS Education (CO*RE)

Since late 2009, CAFP has worked with 13 other organizations to provide high quality opioid education and provider support via the FDA’s REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy). CO*RE has been instrumental in providing live, online and enduring education, plus tools and resources to more than 750,000 prescribers.

CO*RE developed the education, Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits (available in CAFP’s Homeroom), and Striking a Balance: Understanding Pain Management and Opioids: A Case-Based Curriculum, both of which meet the latest FDA Blueprint and CDC guidelines for opioid prescribing and pain management. This education also meets the latest DEA education requirement on substance use disorder and counts towards California CME requirements for pain management and opioid prescribing practices.


California Residency Program Collaborative

This collaborative will improve education, outreach and treatment for patients with substance use disorder, including stimulants and opioids, with a focus on medication treatment options. We will enhance training for resident and faculty physicians in a variety of specialties while encouraging creative and innovative approaches to meet program and community needs.

On March 20, 2023 CAFP announced the 2023-24 California Residency Program Collaborative III. Twenty-five medical residency programs were selected for their ability to address the opioid crisis through innovation and collaboration. Read the press release.


Your Words Matter

Family Physicians can help destigmatize the disease of addiction by using deliberate language. For example, NIDA suggests using MOUD or other terms in place of MAT. Read on to find out why.


More Training

Access training for strategies to treat patients with substance use disorder and education on Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD/MAT).


Find resources and tools to help support the treatment of substance use disorder.


More than 10 Activities in Homeroom including:

  • MAT and Complex Patients: Addressing Provider Concerns
  • The View from the Street: What FPs need to know about Fentanyl and Illicit Drugs
  • Screening and Identifying Opioid Use and Substance Use Disorders
  • OUD and Stigma: We Can Save Lives

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