Nutrition in Recovery: The Role of the Dietitian in Addiction Treatment 2015

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist David A. Wiss shares his life work thus far. Learn how nutrition is linked to addiction recovery and what can be done to improve recovery outcomes. Nutrition in Recovery is here to change the game! Nutrition in Recovery

1. Discuss the impact of addictive substances on nutritional status and links to chronic disease
2. Explore disordered and dysfunctional eating patterns in addicted populations
3. Propose nutrition therapy guidelines for specific substances and for poly-substance abuse
1. Background
2. Food and Mood
3. Substance Use Disorders
4. Food Addiction
5. Disordered Eating
6. Hormones
7. Nutrition Therapy
8. Conclusions
“The most substantial health burden arising from drug addiction lies not in the direct effects of intoxication but in the secondary effects on physical health.”
“Given that weight gain following abstinence from drugs is a source of major personal suffering, there is a pressing need for a more detailed understanding of the effects of drug addiction on dietary intake.”
“Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing.”
“It Is Not Enough To Stare Up The Steps; We Must Step Up The Stairs”

Dr. David Wiss became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in 2013 and founded Nutrition in Recovery, a group practice of RDNs specializing in treating eating and substance use disorders. In 2017, David received the “Excellence in Practice” award at the National Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awarded him the “Emerging Dietetic Leader Award” in 2020. He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health in the Community Health Sciences department (with a minor in Health Psychology) by investigating the links between adverse childhood experiences and various mental health outcomes among socially disadvantaged men. His treatment philosophy is based on a biopsychosocial model which incorporates an understanding of biological mechanisms, psychological underpinnings, and contextual factors that integrate the social determinants of health. Wise Mind Nutrition is an app-based interactive treatment program available for download now -

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