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Sex-Related Differences in Addiction

While more men use and are addicted to drugs, women who become addicted progress faster through the landmark stages from initial use to dependence.
CME credit is no longer available for this conference.

Course Authors

Jill B. Becker, Ph.D. and Jillian E. Hardee, Ph.D.

Dr. Becker is Patricia Y. Gurin Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Research Professor Michigan Neuroscience Institute; Dr. Hardee is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Researcher Michigan Neuroscience Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Within the past 12 months, Ds. Becker and Hardee report no commercial conflict of interest.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, CCPD staff and interMDnet staff have nothing to disclose relevant to this activity.

Estimated course time: 3 hour(s).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Cyberounds®, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the differences between males and females in the progression of substance use disorder (SUD) from substance use to abuse;

  • Describe the role of ovarian hormones in SUD in females and males;

  • Identify the areas of the brain that play a role in SUD.



The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of Einstein-Montefiore or InterMDnet. Please review complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.


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