2 CEUs/PDAs    $46.00

Preview This Course

California Board Approved
CAB Category 1

Out of 5 Reviews

Additional Materials?
  • Handout

Understanding chemical dependence from an AOM perspective module 1: Introduction
by Katherine Berry


Drugs (including alcohol) are everywhere and lots of people use them. Many of these people don’t have any problems, however those that do may not know it - or if they do, they may not know what to do about it...

You, as an AOM practitioner can help!

This module aims to equip practitioners of AOM with accurate information about different types of drugs, their physiological effects, health consequences and strategies to reduce harms associated with alcohol or other drug use.

This session is the first in a series of education modules about chemical dependence facilitated by Katherine Berry, a licensed acupuncturist, health educator and addiction medicine specialist from Australia.


Many people in the community who use alcohol or recreational drugs do not come under the attention of mainstream health services. These people are likely to be in the care of, or seek treatment with alternative health practitioners.

It is paramount that we as primary health care clinicians have access to up to date information about drugs and their short and long term health consequences.

There are a wide range of legal and illicit drugs available in our community. These drugs are all pharmacologically diverse. They have different psychotropic and physiological effects, likeability, abuse liability and dependence potential. That is, their effects and consequences are diverse… as are the reasons for people using them!

Alcohol and other drug use doesn’t just effect individuals. It impacts on families, relationships and the whole community. Your clients may be affected indirectly by their partner, parent, family member or friend’s drug use.

  • The prevalence of drug use
  • Underlying reasons for drug use
  • Factors that put people at greater risk of use and at risk while using
  • Routes of administration
  • Spectrum of drug use
  • Drug classes and effects
  • Tolerance, dependence and withdrawal
  • Stages of behavioral change model
  • Range of treatment options
  • Understanding chemical dependence from an AOM perspective

Customer Reviews

by Jim Ventresca

This class was well done. Meaningful, useful information, presented in a pleasant manner. I'm looking forward to part 2. Thank you.

by Jessica Mann

This course is a concise look at many different aspects of drug use and users. It focuses on our role as clinical practitioners, examining the therapeutic components of treating substance use and abuse in its different stages, above and beyond the TCM treatments. I am looking forward to subsequent modules wherein TCM treatments are integrated into this approach.

by Andrea Murchison

I found this to be one of the most informative CEU classes I've taken. She presented the data in an orginized, easy to follow format and explained things from a western and TCM perspective. I am looking forward to session 2 and gaining additional information that I can utilize in my practice.

by Heather Fulkoski

This course provided information that is very useful in a clinical setting, from explanations of various drugs, their routes of administration, and their effects on the body to non-judgemental ways to discuss past or present drug use with clients. Additionally, this course gave a wonderful, clear presentation of chemical dependence from a TCM perspective and possible treatment options.

Course Objectives - 2 CEUs/PDAs

- Increase awareness of the common patterns of substance use in the community
- Increase your knowledge of the risks and consequences of substance use
- Increase diagnostic abilities and skills required to assess your client's alcohol and other drug use