Nutrition, Addiction and Dependence - RD115

Nutrition, Addiction and Dependence

by Mary Anne Clairmont, MS, RD, LD/N, NCC
(4.3 / 110 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (8.00 CPEU)

Price: $109.00
CE-PRO Price: $54.50


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:
  • Apply three tools that screen for substance abuse and are appropriate for use
  • by the RD.
  • Name and describe substance use disorders as de ned in the DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).
  • Explain the etiology of nutrition deficiencies that develop with chronic alcoholism.
  • Identify commonly seen nutritional deficiencies that occur with prolonged
  • alcohol abuse.
  • Identify commonly seen nutritional deficiencies that occur with substances
  • other than alcohol.
  • Explain the physical changes that occur with nicotine addiction.
  • For the following drugs: alcohol, stimulants, cannabis, benzodiazepines, opiates,
  • and club drugs, explain symptoms seen in early withdrawal and appropriate
  • dietary modifications for detoxification.
  • Explain the relationship and importance of maintaining a regular meal schedule
  • and normal blood sugar for recovering addicts.
  • Explain the difference between evidence based approaches and practice based
  • approaches. Explain which one is favored in substance abuse treatment.
  • Design a nutrition plan for a client in recovery for substance abuse.
  • Describe the principles of sobriety and harm reduction as goals for substance
  • abuse treatment.
  • Explain which stimulants are most prevalent in the western US and which are
  • prevalent in the east.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians and health educators.
Dietitians: 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.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 4090, 5080, 5090, 6000 and performance indicators of 4.1.1, 10.2.4, 10.2.7.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/13/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/1/2012
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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Cherilann F - Brooklyn, NY  ·  Feb 28, 2019
The course is pretty intense. Information is great. Prepare to spend a lot of hours reading the information.
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Emily C - North Sutton, NH  ·  May 10, 2018
I found this course to be very informative on an area of dietetics that seems to be expanding quickly!
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Allison M - Marshfield, WI  ·  May 06, 2018
Extremely informative and useful.Easy to understand and apply to existing knowledge. Will use this as a resource moving forward.
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Ciera B - Delray Beach, FL  ·  May 02, 2018
it was amazing and very detailed
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Jennifer H - Black Creek, WI  ·  Apr 23, 2018
Very good information. More bulletpoints would be useful.
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Price: $109.00
CE-PRO Price: $54.50