Nursing Management of Withdrawal of Alcohol and Opioids

Nurses and medical assistants are on the front line of managing withdrawal protocols in outpatient and inpatient settings for alcohol and opioids. This program will review assessment scales, tips on identifying symptoms, and high-risk situations. It’s geared towards nurses and medical assistants who are completing the assessment and monitoring of withdrawal symptoms but all professionals are welcome.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this learning activity, nurses will have gained:

    • Knowledge about strategies for keeping patients safe during withdrawal from alcohol and/or opioids.
    • Describe ways to use assessment tools for assessing withdrawal from alcohol and opioids.
    • Describe the continuum of withdrawal symptoms.
    • Identify higher-risk symptoms and risk factors.
    • Describe various medication dosing regimes.

Criteria for Successful Completion

100% participation – Attendees are required to participate and be present in the full duration of the learning activity and complete/submit an evaluation form. Partial credit will not be awarded.

Conflict of Interest

This educational activity does not include any content that relates to the products and/or services of a commercial interest that would create a conflict of interest. There are no individuals in a position to control content for this activity or have any relevant financial relationships to declare.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support being received for this CNE offering.

Approval Statement

CCSME is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours

    • 1.0 contact hours for nurses
    • 1.0 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
    • 1.0 Category I contact hours for Maine psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Maine Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
    • 1.0 contact hours CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
    • 1.0 contact hours pending for alcohol and drug counselors from the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors

Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live online activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity qualifies for 1.0 credit(s) of the 3 CME credit requirement for opioid medication education found in P.L. 2015, Chapter 488, Maine’s legislation to address the opioid drug crisis.


  • Amelia Hersey
    Amelia Hersey

    Amelia Hersey, PA-C, is the lead physician assistant with the Community Care and Geriatrics team at Penobscot Community Healthcare, working in skilled nursing and long-term care for the past 8 years. Also, she has been the lead provider for the New Horizons Detox Unit in Hampden (a ten-bed withdrawal management unit for acute opioid and alcohol withdrawal) since it opened in 2018. She began combining these two fields in 2018 by treating patients in skilled rehab and long-term care facilities who are on medication for opioid use disorder.


May 31 2023


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine


Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine