Addictions Masterclass


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9 Module Online Webinar Series

The number of people with addictions is enormous. And it’s getting worse. In the United States, 1 in 10 people have a substance abuse disorder. Some 31 million people worldwide have a drug use disorder. The Addictions Masterclass is a thorough, 9-part program that reveals the neurobiology of addiction and how we can have substantial effects on people’s lives.

Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease. Drug and alcohol abuse can have a wide range of short- and long-term, direct and indirect effects. Repeated drug use changes the brain and leads to addiction. It causes a person to take drugs repeatedly, despite the harm they cause. By addictions, we mean gambling, internet gaming, sex, drugs, alcohol, nicotine, screen and any other substance or thing with abuse potential.

The changes in the addicted brain can be lasting, so drug addiction is considered a “relapsing” disease. This means that people in recovery are at risk for taking drugs again, even after years of not taking them.

Led by Dr Carolyn Ross and her expert team of associates, this program will give you a thorough overview of this disease and give you new skills in recognising and assisting those with addictions. The presenters will discuss the most effective methods for identifying drug and alcohol abuse, the neurobiology of addictions, the impact of attachment issues in the genesis of addiction, the effect on the individual as well as on their family and many nutritional therapies for addressing addictions.


  • Understand the neurobiological process of addiction and how it changes the brain
  • Know when you have someone that may have a problem with addiction
  • Learn the characteristic features and diagnostic criteria of addictions
  • Learn how trauma can impact a person’s risk to substance abuse
  • Learn how to manage process addictions like gambling, internet gaming and sex
  • Have lots of nutritional and emotional tools to assist these patients
  • Receive clear protocols on how to approach the diverse range of addiction presentations
  • Achieve much better clinical outcomes for these people who have complex presentations and otherwise poor prognosis


  • Clear protocol explanations
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to audio and video recordings
  • A PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Your exclusive invitation to our alumni hub to ask questions


WEBINAR ONE: Addictions 101

Presenter: Carolyn Ross

  • Predisposing factors
  • Genetic risks
  • How do we define addictions/how has this changed?

WEBINAR TWO: Nutritional Approaches to Reducing Cravings and Relapse

Presenter: Christina Veselak

  • Amino acid therapy for supporting neurotransmitter restoration
  • How stabilising blood sugar reduces cravings and relapse
  • Pyroluria: A barely recognised driver of cravings and relapse

WEBINAR THREE: The Neurobiology of Addictions

Presenter: Carolyn Ross

  • Trauma and its effect on neurodevelopment
  • Attachment – beyond bonding
  • Prenatal and early childhood toxic stress
  • Epigenetic memory

WEBINAR FOUR: Alcohol Use Disorder

Presenter: Carolyn Ross

  • Prevalence of alcohol-use disorder
  • Criteria for diagnosis
  • Special issues: Adolescents; Foetal alcohol syndrome
  • Treatment options for alcohol use disorder

WEBINAR FIVE: Opiate Addiction

Presenter: Carolyn Ross

  • Prevalence of opiate addiction
  • Criteria for diagnosis
  • Morbidity and mortality
  • Special issues: Pregnancy
  • Medication-assisted treatment

WEBINAR SIX: Process Addictions – Gambling, Sex, Internet Gaming/ Other Drugs of Abuse/Emerging Trends

Presenter: Carolyn Ross

  • What are process addiction?
  • Emerging Trends in other drugs of addiction – explosion of methamphetamine, bath salts and other drugs of abuse
  • Cross-addiction
  • Substance use disorders and stigma

WEBINAR SEVEN: Addiction is a Family Disease

Presenter: Kate Martin

  • Family roles in addictions
  • Codependency/enabling
  • The importance of healthy relationships in recovery
  • Intergenerational addictions
  • Salvaging the family and breaking the cycle (trauma-informed care)

WEBINAR EIGHT: Trauma-Informed Guilt Reduction

Presenter: Carolyn Ross and Carolyn Allard

  • Review the relationship between trauma and guilt
  • Learn a quick intervention to address trauma-related guilt and shame that can reduce posttraumatic distress

WEBINAR NINE: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Addiction: Powerful Practices to Strengthen Recovery

Presenter: Rebecca Williams

  • Checklist on addiction: Five key questions to ask when the puzzle pieces don’t fit together
  • How mindfulness and self-compassion can be applied to addiction treatment
  • Incorporating mindfulness skills into treatment with patients


Dr Carolyn Coker Ross MD, MPH, CEDS is an internationally known author, speaker, expert and pioneer in the use of Integrative Medicine for the treatment of eating disorders and addictions.

She is a graduate of Andrew Weil’s Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine. Dr. Ross is the CEO of The Anchor Program™, an online coaching program for binge eating disorder, emotional eating and food addiction. She is the former head of the eating disorder program at internationally renowned Sierra Tucson and has served as medical director at two other programs.

Dr. Ross is a consultant for treatment centers around the US who want to include her unique integrative medicine approach to help clients recovering from eating disorders and addictions. She is the author of three books, the most recent of which is The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook.

Christina Veselak MS, LMFT, CN is the founder and director of the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition and Garden Gate Counseling and Consulting/Relapse Prevention Services in Wayne, WV. Christina has been a licensed psychotherapist for over 30 years, and specializes in individual counseling, addiction recovery and Mental Health Nutrition.

She has spent most of her career becoming highly trained in the use of diet and supplements in improving mental health and addiction recovery outcomes in diverse communities. She has consulted for supplement companies, IV detox programs and residential addiction treatment, helping them integrate nutritional approaches into their programs and curriculum.

She is an experienced public speaker, and has presented at conferences and trainings around the country. Christina is also a founding member and former Executive Director of The Alliance for Addiction Solutions, a non-profit organization which promotes the use of nutritional and other natural modalities to support repair of the addicted brain.

Christina is committed to staying abreast of the rapidly growing science of orthomolecular psychiatry, functional nutrition and biochemistry support for optimal mental and behavioral health. She is passionate about sharing this life-saving knowledge with both the general public and treatment professionals.

Carolyn B. Allard PhD, ABPP, is Associate Professor and Program Director of the PhD Program at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University. Prior to her current position, she served as Program Director of the Military Sexual Trauma & Interpersonal Trauma Clinic and the San Diego Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health for over 10 years at the Veterans Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System and University of California San Diego Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Allard is a licensed psychologist and has her Board Certification in Clinical Psychology, and she has extensive experience in clinical practice and training and consultation, with expertise in the treatment of trauma related conditions (e.g., PTSD, depression, substance use disorders, etc.). She is a certified trainer and consultant for empirically supported trauma focused treatments. Dr. Allard is also an active researcher, with a concurrent research appointment at the VA.

Her research is focused on the identification of individual, socio-cultural, and contextual predictors of posttraumatic distress and treatment outcomes, with a specific interest in trauma-related guilt and shame, and the goal of developing and testing interventions to address these factors to improve outcomes.

Dr. Allard is also engaged in public education and social advocacy. She is President of the American Psychological Association’s Trauma Division (Division 56) for 2020, with the mission of bridging culturally informed trauma research, practice, and advocacy to effect positive change in our local and global communities.

Kate Martin M.Ed., LPC-MHSP is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider in the State of Tennessee. She has a Masters degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University and have worked extensively in inpatient treatment settings, outpatient clinics, school settings, and private practice settings.

Kate began her counseling career as the primary girls’ therapist at a residential school for youth in state custody before transitioning into the role of primary therapist for the Eating Disorders program at a residential treatment center. She then worked with children and families struggling with mood disorders, psych disorders, eating disorders, and trauma in an outpatient clinic.

She has had training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing,) TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,) DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy,) Experiential Therapy, and Art Therapy. Kate is a member of the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, the American Counseling Association, and the National Board for Certified Counselors. She has a special interest in working with addictions, eating disorders, trauma, GLBT issues, and women’s issues.

Dr Rebecca Williams is a psychologist, an award-winning author, and a leader in the field of wellness and recovery from mental illness and addiction.

She has co-authored two popular books on integrating mindfulness into addiction recovery. The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide to Coping with the Grief, Stress, and Anger that Trigger Addictive Behaviors and her latest book, The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction provide counselors and clients skills to enhance recovery and live a calmer, more balanced life.


Research on natural medicine is increasing fast. You will get the very latest research and practical direction in assisting the large number of patients seeking natural health care. With every course, you receive the links to all papers referenced.


As a graduate of any of our Masterclass events, you will receive an exclusive invitation to our locked and highly valuable alumni hub where we share ideas, case studies, ask questions of fellow graduates and all keep in touch.


We present high-level, unbiased, post-graduate education. We have no financial connection to any suppliers of supplements or other goods to natural healthcare providers. All presentations are high level, unbiased, and noncommercial.


You will receive a personalized certificate for each course you do with us. For further information on CEs please refer to our Continuing Education page.


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