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Description of the course:

Aim: to allow general practitioners or specialists, whether they are employed in hospitals or freelance, to gain the knowledge and competences necessary to treat addictive behaviours.

Programme: 100 to 200 hours, over 2 years.

General topics (10 to 20% of the course)

  • Notion of addiction (history, definitions, classifications)

  • Biological approaches (biochemistry, pharmacology, genetics, animal models...)

  • Psychological and psychopathological approaches (personality, behaviour, adolescence, psychiatric comorbidity)

Public health aspects

  • law (national and international)

  • healthcare and social institutions (prevention, care, rehabilitation)

  • epidemiology (socio-cultural aspects, costs)

Specific approaches to psychoactive substances: Biological fundamentals, definitions, classifications, behaviours, psychic and somatic comorbidities, especially regarding alcohol, tobacco, medicines, opiates, hallucinogens and other psychoactive substances.

Treatment of addictive behaviours.
Common bases - broad principles regarding dependent subjects; pharmacotherapeutic, psychotherapeutic, social and educational aspects; family treatment, networks.


Thinking about clinical practice:
Clinical cases, special cases (pregnancy, work, driving, new drugs and groups of adolescents and young adults...), polyconsumption ("co-morbidities" alcohol-tobacco, alcohol-opiates, alcohol-psychotropics, opiates-psychotropic agents...)

Practical training: 80 half-days in recognised healthcare or medico-social structures, inside hospitals or not. 

This course can be completed as an intern, or as a therapist (for doctors practicing medicine in recognized structures before applying for this course).

Practical training structures are selected by the person overseeing the course; they can be healthcare, medico-social or City-Hospital network structures related to addiction treatment.


Entry requirements

In order to apply for this course, you need to have a diploma allowing you to practice medicine. In the French system, the following criteria are required:

  1. to be awarded a "Diplôme d'Etudes Spécialisées" (DES, medicine degree)

  2. to have defended a medicine thesis 

Students who have not yet been awarded a diploma must provide us with a university certificate indicating the following elements:

  • the date of completion of their last year of study (which must be before the December 31 of the year of enrolment)

  • the date when the student will defend their medicine thesis (which must be before the December 31 of the year of enrolment)

In order to be able to continue their studies, students must meet the 2 criteria aforementioned.

Students must pass written and oral examinations to enrol in the course.

The programme, the number of lecture hours and the practical requirements of the course are defined for each abilitation.

Practical training is achieved through internships in hospitals, non-hospital organizations research laboratories and other structures. 

A written permission from the university tutor must be provided with the application. 

How to apply

Person overseeing the lectures in Lyon : Dr Benjamin ROLLAND

Service Universitaire d'Addictologie de Lyon (SUAL)

Centre Hospitalier Le Vinatier, Pôle MOPHA

95 Bd Pinel 69678 BRON Cedex, France


Secretary : Mrs Jennifer FURET
+334 37 91 50 72

For further information, visit the University of Lyon 1 website.

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