HOT Topics in Buprenorphine Treatment: Sessions are presented the second Tuesday of each month at noon Eastern. Physicians who have waivers to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence and other interested clinicians are invited to participate in these free sessions. Each webinar is recorded and available on this site.

Addiction: A Chronic Relapsing Disease

Presenter is: Charles O'Brien, M.D., Ph.D.
The clinical course of addiction resembles that of other chronic disorders with relapses and remissions. Given appropriate treatment, most addicted persons can resume normal life but are not “cured.” Unfortunately, most patients do not receive the best treatment because addiction is not adequately taught in most medical schools and residencies and because many clinicians are philosophically opposed to the medical model and the use of medications for this disorder.