Addiction & Substance Use Disorder

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

This major educational initiative builds opportunities for family physicians to gain confidence in developing Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD, also known as MAT) plans for SUD patients. The program addresses communication and inclusivity with the goal of helping people recognize stigma, communicate more effectively, and be more deliberative in efforts to reach the underserved. We include live and enduring webinars, a podcast series, and the development of a network of MOUD Champions to mentor and guide practitioners new to MOUD. Supported the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)

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.

CAFP SUD Programs

Education Resource:
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.


  • The Time for Treating Substance Use Disorder Is Now
  • Break the Stigma, Save a Life
  • Prescribing Medication for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Addiction Medicine Is Family Medicine!

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 in the past five years.

CO*RE developed the education, Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits, which meets the latest FDA Blueprint and CDC guidelines for opioid prescribing and pain management. This education also meets the new DEA education requirement on substance use disorder and counts towards California CME requirements for pain management and opioid prescribing practices. This activity will be available soon in CAFP’s Homeroom.

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 (MOUD)? 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 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

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.


Family Docs Podcast:
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.

More than 10 Activities in Homeroom including:

  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and its Utility to Treating OUD
  • Pregnancy and Women's SUD
  • Communication Matters: Motivational Interviewing and Substance Use Disorders
  • Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) for Opiates, But What About Stimulants?
  • Is Addiction a Brain Disease?

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.


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