Addiction & Substance Use Disorder

Deaths due to drug overdose increased in California from 12.7 per 100,000 in 2015 to 24.2 per 100,000 in 2020. Addiction and Substance User Disorder (SUD) can be acknowledged without judgement and treated through appropriate medical, social, and mental health approaches.
CAFP supports family physicians through programs in education, outreach and treatment for patients with substance use disorder.

CAFP SUD Programs

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.

Serving Patients with MOUD: Building Physician Confidence

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)

MOUD Champions: 
Peer Support for Physicians New to MOUD

Do you use Medication for your patients with Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)? You can 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).

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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