Bittens Addiction | Holistic Addiction Medicine
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Holistic Addiction Medicine

Professional Holistic Addiction Medicine training 2020-2021


This fall it will be 35 years since I was first introduced to addiction medicine and for the past 27 years I have treated “food addiction” which I now call “sugar/flour/processed food addiction Over the years I have treated thousands of people and trained hundreds of professionals to treat sugar addiction.


What is the online Holistic Addiction Medicine?


Holistic Addiction Medicine is the integration of different addiction treatment paradigms in order to ensure treating addiction with a holistic approach. This includes areas of traditional medicine, addiction medicine, integrative functional medicine, orthomolecular medicine, the importance of self help groups for long term recovery and mainly nutrition and healing tools for the addicted brain.


In order to start training you need to be both certified and licensed in SUGAR® – Sugar Use General Assessment Recording for client’s age 18 and up. It is a evaluation tool for sugar addiction and is been proven to be an extremely effective tool for motivational work and compliance for those with sugar addiction and as a basis for tailored treatment planning. The instrument is based on ICD 10/11 and DSM5. More information about SUGAR here.


After doing SUGAR you can go on to Holistic Addiction Medicine training where there are three parts. One is everything about, food, food plans, biochemical repair, metabolic dysfunction, how to heal consequences of this illness. The second is how to work with relapse, relapse prevention, relapse assessment, relapse treatment and more. The third is the 4 day intensive in Bristol UK, May 2021.


You will learn how to build a successful treatment and you will receive tools that will help you lead your clients on the path to recovery.
Here you will acquire unique knowledge and a holistic view of addiction. The main focus of this course is on sugar addiction because it is usually the starting point of the entire addiction development. But the training does include Addiction Interaction Disorder and screening for alcohol, subscription drugs, street drugs and gaming.


Who is eligible for this course?:

Healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, addiction counselors, obesity and nutritional counselors, dieticians, health educators, naturopaths, personal trainers, coaches, social workers, psychologist and other mental health therapists, etc.


Application process:

Each applicant will be required to undergo a formal application process in order to participate in this program detailing education, professional background and work experience. A recovering addict should detail their recovery process. Acceptance to the course will be based on this information and a personal interview. Please note that there are minimum requirements in order to be accepted to the program.


Topics covered in Holistic Addiction Medicine:

  • Detoxification from sugar substances
  • Biochemical repair of the brain, also called Neuro Nutrient Therapy including case description. You do two cases under the year.
  • Mitochondria fatigue.
  • The Addicted brain, repetition from SUGAR training
  • Knowledge of the brain and brain nutritional needs.
  • Nutrition from A-Z and a food plan for the addicted brain and discussion of the similarities and differences between different food philosophies such as Paleo, LCHF, Keto e t c. What, when, for whom?
  • Understanding and treating hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome
  • Treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • Sugar sensitivity versus chemical addiction
  • Addiction Interaction Disorder, one illness, many outlets.
  • Different expressions of sugar addiction, such as volume eating, bingeing, dieting, excessive exercise, starving, e t c.
  • Oxytocines role in especially volume eating
  • Treatment, lifelong, different stages
  • The value of support groups
  • The role of breathing in our lives
  • The role of shame in addiction
  • Relapse prevention, relapse assessment, relapse treatment
  • And more



Director: Bitten Jonsson Reg. Nurse Addiction specialist



Roger Nilson, M.D Cert. Addiction Interaction Disorder specialist

Börje Dahl, Social Worker, Counselor, Addiction Diagnostic Spec.

Anders Olsson, author and lecturer,

Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, M.D. Researcher oxytocin,

Birgitta Brunes, M.D. Specialist in Neuro Nutrient therapy,

David Wolfe, Reg. Dietitian, Sugar Addiction Coach,

Annica Strandberg, Addiction specialist,

Several guest lecturers
Several of the certified counselors from class of 2020 will participate.


Detailed information and curriculum December 2020
Interested? Send me an email