Treating Substance Abuse - RD140

Treating Substance Abuse

by Katherine Marya Dodd, MS, RD, CSG, LD
(4.2 / 90 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Substance abuse is a major issue in the U.S. with 23.1 million people needing treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol problem. All dietitians, whether they work specifically with a substance treatment program, will encounter clients with substance abuse issues. It is important to know how to screen for substance abuse, how to incorporate effective counseling skills in treatment and which specific issues may be of importance when dealing with substance abuse.


The goal of this substance abuse and nutrition continuing education module is to provide dietitians with the knowledge and skill set to provide effective care to clients with substance abuse issues. After completing this continuing education activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Name tools available to screen for alcohol and substance abuse
  • Explain the importance of maintaining a regular meal schedule and normal blood sugar for clients in recovery in relation to the HALT principle
  • Incorporate motivational interviewing and the nutrition care process in treating clients with substance abuse

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
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 1 course. Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 4090, 5320, 6000, 6020 and performance indicator 4.1.1. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 5/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/22/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/31/2019

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.


For Florida professionals:

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Elizabeth B - Seattle, WA  ·  Apr 23, 2019
Useful information on various tools to help screen for alcohol and polysub abuse.
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Carolyn M - Norfolk, VA  ·  Nov 29, 2018
This was more about general counseling vs. substance abuse specific info
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Sydney G - Suffolk, VA  ·  Nov 23, 2018
Very informative on motivational interviewing.
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Jennifer C - Rockingham, VA  ·  Oct 29, 2018
I was assigned this through work as an RN. I did not find this RN geared, but dietician geared which is a totally different discipline so I am not sure how beneficial it will be to me
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Sarah G - Virginia Beach, VA  ·  Oct 24, 2018
This course offered good suggestions for working w/ pt's who have substance abuse issues.
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00