Aquifer Addiction is Becoming CARE

Effective July 1, 2020, Aquifer Addiction is becoming CARE (Course on Addiction and Recovery Education) and will be distributed by Aquifer on behalf of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF) and NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

The CARE course will move from the Aquifer teaching and learning platform (Aqueduct) to be hosted on the updated NYU Grossman School of Medicine learning platform

The 12 modules in Aquifer Addiction concentrate on critical addiction and substance use topics that medical students and healthcare professionals need to be able to address. Modules consist of patient cases and videos.


Used in medical schools around the world, the Aquifer Addiction (CARE) online curriculum prepares medical students to identify, intervene and address substance use disorders. The lack of formal education surrounding substance use disorders and addiction has left many practicing physicians and healthcare professionals inadequately prepared to assess, intervene, manage, and treat patients.

  • Twelve modules incorporate case studies, which provide an interactive platform for clinical consideration, and videos featuring today’s leading experts in addiction covering key topics
  • Created for educators, by educators, in conjunction with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Treatment Research Institute
  • Proven pedagogy that standardizes experiences—overcoming geography, seasonality, and accessibility
  • Self-assessment questions at the end of the course emphasize key content and enable students to test their knowledge and skills
  • A wealth of source material, tools, and full references in each case
  • Delivered via the Aqueduct learning management system, which includes user management options, easy reporting on student progress and course usage, plus tools for creating custom courses to match a specific curriculum
  • Available via subscription for individuals and institutions

A first-of-its-kind online course for medical students, Aquifer Addiction draws from leading experts and emerging science, covering topics such as integrated treatment for addiction and mental health issues and multicultural sensitivity. This course provides expert training and content that builds the skills needed to provide quality care to these patients. The modules combine virtual patient cases and video presentations with self-assessment questions.

Students utilize Aquifer Addiction’s interactive platform to review patient profiles covering topics such as pregnancy and alcohol abuse, cannabis use in adolescents, pain management and liability for addiction, alcohol withdrawal, and more. Through our additional video content, which is incorporated into the modules, leading addiction scientists and clinicians present the latest information and best practices on 14 topics, including neurobiology of addiction, evidence-based behavioral therapies, medication in the treatment of addiction, and genetics in alcohol and substance abuse disorders.

These cases and videos are designed to be used as stand-alone segments, or in conjunction with current medical school curriculums. With Aqueduct, it’s easy to combine these cases with another course to build a custom curriculum.

Addiction 01: 34-year-old woman – Pregnancy and substance use

Addiction 02: 16-year-old male – Adolescent and substance use

Addiction 03: 38-year-old man – Pain management

Addiction 04: 56-year-old man alcohol use – Withdrawal and brief motivational intervention

Addiction 05: 34-year-old man – Stimulant use disorder and the genetics of substance use disorders

Addiction 06: 39-year-old woman – Heroin use and the neurobiology of addiction

Addiction 07: Neurobiology of addiction

Addiction 08: Overview of treatment for substance use disorders

Addiction 09: Evidence-based behavioral therapies for substance use disorders

Addiction 10: The epidemiology of addiction and psychiatric comorbidity

Addiction 11: Conceptual approaches to treating substance use in the United States

Addiction 12: (not available for CE) Substance use professionals and medications for the treatment of addiction

This course is no longer available for Continuing Education credit through Aquifer. Please contact the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.


“In 2015, overdose deaths from synthetic opioids—most fentanyl related— skyrocketed, increasing by 73%. Deaths attributed to heroin went up 23%. 33,091 Americans died from opioid overdose in 2015. ”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016)

An estimated 88,000 people (approx. 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States. In 2015, 15.1 million adults ages 18 and older had an Alcohol Use Disorder.

2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health


“No matter what specialty medical students choose, they will take care of patients with substance use disorders. These cases encourage them to start thinking about the impact of substance use on health.”

Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

“The Aquifer Addiction modules are just right. Medical students will be challenged to think about the intersection between substance use and health problems. The physicians in the cases demonstrate how to talk to patients about their substance use in collaborative, non-threatening ways.”

Mark P. Schwartz MD, FAAFP, FASAM, Medical Director, Princeton House Behavioral Health