Nutrition, Addiction and Dependence - RD115

Nutrition, Addiction and Dependence

by Mary Anne Clairmont, MS, RD, LD/N, NCC
(4.3 / 105 ratings )

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

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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.
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.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 4090, 5080, 5090, 5320, 5350, 6000, 6010, 6020 and performance indicators of 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.

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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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Beth L - Lakeville, MN  ·  Apr 12, 2018
See comments and suggestions aboveMaterial was not clear related to the exam questions asked; confusing and inadequate especially related to counseling patient materials which dietitians have little education in the methods and theories behind. (ie. evidence based recovery programs). Several exam questions were vague, misleading and even contradictory - for instance, detoxification of addictive substance, depending on the substance can last up to 2 years.
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