8.9% of the U.S. population aged 12 or older meets the clinical diagnostic criteria for a drug or alcohol use disorder: an estimate of 22.1 million. 2.9 million have been classified with a substance use disorder of both alcohol and illicit drugs. While the number continues to skyrocket, most patients in need of rehabilitation and treatment do not receive care.
Whether the addiction involves substances, food, or other processes, this 4-part certification is designed to provide healthcare practitioners with a combined evidence-based approach, integrating natural therapeutic approaches in conjunction with psychosocial that spur long-term lifestyle changes and impactful results.
The program’s coursework covers addictions to foods, drugs (stimulants, depressants, hypoxia inducing agents), alcohol, sex, stealing, and technology addictions; neuroendocrine pathways such as dopamine, serotonin, and tryptophan; changes to the HPA axis and thyroid; detoxification of organs including the liver, kidney, skin, bowel, and lungs; mitochondrial and other energy-producing states will also be discussed in terms of their relationship to addiction; pain control co-occurring addictions involving psychiatric and other medical disorders; the endocannabinoid system; and epigenetic regulations in substance abuse disorders. This certification provides the necessary clinical education to treat patients with addictions.