Essentials of Treating Stimulant Use Disorder – CEU’s

This training fulfills the DEA’s 8-hour training requirement for prescribers. Free continuing education credits.

Sponsor: Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance


This three-hour course is designed to be a guide for addiction providers interested in providing and caring for people who use stimulants, namely cocaine and methamphetamines. Topics include neurobiology and physiology of addiction; identifying health risks of stimulant use; practical application of evidence-based treatment for patients who use stimulants in an office-based addiction treatment setting; management of overamping and acute stimulant intoxication; and harm reduction interventions.

Intended audience

Medical providers, nurses, social workers, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC), Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselors (CADC), Community Health Workers (CHW), recovery coaches, counselors, Licensed Mental health Counselors (LMHC), and others treating individuals with addiction are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Vanessa Loukas, MSN, FNP-C, CARN-AP

Vanessa is a clinical nurse educator for Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance, an assistant professor of medicine at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, and a nurse practitioner at Boston Medical Center. She has expertise in managing substance use disorders, co-occurring psychiatric conditions, and infectious diseases in primary care settings. Her clinical interests include harm reduction, low-barrier treatment, medical addiction groups, and improving care for persons involved in the criminal-legal system. Through her primary role on the Grayken TTA team, Vanessa contributes to peer-reviewed publications, evidence-based clinical guidelines, development and delivery of continuing education programs, and other resources for providers supporting patients with substance use disorders. Prior to joining the Grayken TTA team, Vanessa practiced as a nurse practitioner and was the program director for the addiction treatment program at the South End Community Health Center, caring for high-risk patients with substance use disorders and psychiatric diagnoses. Her work integrated harm reduction, on-demand treatment, infectious disease treatment, and medical addiction groups including within the male/female re-entry/recovery units at the Suffolk County House of Corrections. Vanessa received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Simmons University and is a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse – Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB).


Following this training, participants will have the knowledge necessary to:

  • Identify the role of psychostimulants in the overdose epidemic and recognize population disparities.
  • Describe the impact of stigma associated with stimulant use disorder (StUD).
  • Recognize two risk factors for developing StUD and understand the neurobiological changes associated with stimulant use.
  • Describe overamping and management of acute stimulant intoxication.
  • Identify health risks associated with stimulant use and apply harm reduction interventions.
  • Understand interventions to treat acute stimulant intoxication and long term treatment including de-escalation and behavioral interventions.
  • Understand the essentials of integrating stimulant treatment into outpatient addiction treatment.


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Event Details

June 10, 2024
9:00 am - 12:00 pm