Nutrition, Addiction and Dependence - CHES115

Nutrition, Addiction and Dependence

by Mary Anne Clairmont, MS, RD, LD/N, NCC
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This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (8.00 CECH)

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Nutrition has a complex relationship with substance abuse and dependence, and plays a vital role in the physical and psychological arenas of addiction. Nutrition professionals can help promote physical and psychological recovery. With credentials and experience working in addiction and recovery venues, Mary Anne Clairmont explains current theories on addiction, identifies areas where nutrition professionals can intervene, and tells them how to avoid common errors in working with substance-dependent clients.


Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Apply three tools that screen for substance abuse and are appropriate for use
  2. by the RD.
  3. Name and describe substance use disorders as de ned in the DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).
  4. Explain the etiology of nutrition deficiencies that develop with chronic alcoholism.
  5. Identify commonly seen nutritional deficiencies that occur with prolonged
  6. alcohol abuse.
  7. Identify commonly seen nutritional deficiencies that occur with substances
  8. other than alcohol.
  9. Explain the physical changes that occur with nicotine addiction.
  10. For the following drugs: alcohol, stimulants, cannabis, benzodiazepines, opiates,
  11. and club drugs, explain symptoms seen in early withdrawal and appropriate
  12. dietary modifications for detoxification.
  13. Explain the relationship and importance of maintaining a regular meal schedule
  14. and normal blood sugar for recovering addicts.
  15. Explain the difference between evidence based approaches and practice based
  16. approaches. Explain which one is favored in substance abuse treatment.
  17. Design a nutrition plan for a client in recovery for substance abuse.
  18. Describe the principles of sobriety and harm reduction as goals for substance
  19. abuse treatment.
  20. Explain which stimulants are most prevalent in the western US and which are
  21. prevalent in the east.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians and health educators.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 8.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 3/13/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/28/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Rowena A - Hamilton Square, NJ  ·  Jan 04, 2019
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Theresa R - west winfield, NY  ·  Dec 20, 2018
good infomation for all professionals
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Shaqona P - Suffolk, VA  ·  Dec 17, 2018
Even though this is was very long, it was also very informal which included a lot of viable information.
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Kathleen M - Hockessin, DE  ·  Dec 14, 2018
lots of information on a timely topic
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DeAnna C - Richwood, OH  ·  Dec 12, 2018
Very informative and great information!
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