CME Course

Fireside Chats with the Troops on the Frontline of COVID-19 Pandemic: Treatment of Addiction and Maintaining Sobriety During a Time of Pandemic and Isolation

SMA President Dr. Philip Hartman, a family physician who treats chemical dependency is joined by Mike Foster, a licensed chemical dependency counselor, to discuss the struggles of treating addiction and maintaining sobriety during a pandemic. Helpful tools and resources for healthcare providers are also outlined.

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References and Resources

  • 7 ways to Focus Your Recovery During a Pandemic
  • Talkspace.com
    • Online service that provides the opportunity to have sessions with a professional therapist.
  • Betterhelp.com
    • Unlimited professional counseling via online chat, video, or phone.
  • Regain.us
    • Focuses on improving relationships
    • Individual and Couples Counseling
  • Teencounseling.com
    • Therapist are experienced in treating teens. Chat, message, over the phone, or video conferencing is available.
  • Pridecounseling.com
    • “Discreet, affordable, and accessible treatment for those in the LGBTQ communities.”
  • Amwell.com
    • Access to a verity of mental health professionals 24/7.
  • 7cups.com
    • A peer based community where one can access free support from peers with similar experiences. You also have the option to pay to speak to a professional

Target Audience

All healthcare providers.

Goals and Objectives

SMA President Dr. Philip Hartman, a family physician who treats chemical dependency is joined by Mike Foster, a licensed chemical dependency counselor, to discuss the struggles of treating addiction and maintaining sobriety during a pandemic. Helpful tools and resources for healthcare providers are also outlined.    

Course Information

CME Release Date:  April 24, 2020
Valid for credit through: April 24, 2021
Course type: Audio Podcast
Estimated time of completion: 30 minutes

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Internet Activity (Enduring Material) for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the course description, accreditation information, and disclosure information.
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  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The content of the CME certified activity does not relate to products or services of an ACCME defined commercial interest.  Therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to identify and no conflicts of interest to identify or resolve.

Special Guests:

Philip Hartman, MD
Originally from Southwest Ohio, Dr. Hartman received his bachelors of science in Biology at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and returned to the Cincinnati area for medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  After medical school, he became a board certified Family Physician through training with St Elizabeth Healthcare of Northern Kentucky. He practices broad-based, integrative family medicine in an outpatient setting for infants through the elderly, performing numerous procedures, acupuncture for the treatment of pain and traditional Western medicine for other chronic disease states and ailments such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and drug addiction. He is passionate about providing for his patients’ needs with high quality, evidence-based care.

Mike Foster
Born and raised in El Paso Texas, Mike Foster grew up in an exciting life of racing motorcycles and drumming in bands.  And though many positive adventures came out of his lifestyle, addiction became a true reality in his early 20’s.  It wasn’t until the age of 32 that Mike’s world came crashing down and he had to face that drugs and alcohol were in complete control of his life.  After a successful stay at La Hacienda Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, Mike was ready to start a brand new life in sobriety.  Through dedication, change, self-forgiveness, honesty, focused on purpose, and a committed life to Christ and serving others, Mike remains living a life free from addiction.  Over the past 7 years he has obtained his credentials as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Internationally Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach, Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor, Recovery Coach Training Facilitator for ICAADA and a Certified Nurturing Parenting Facilitator.  Today Mike lives in Northern Kentucky happily married to his wife with 5 children and 5 English English Bulldogs.

Southern Medical Association Staff
Jennifer S. Price, MA, SMA Education Manager

Course Materials

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