Bittens Addiction | Holistic Addiction Medicine
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Holistic Addiction Medicine

Professional Holistic Addiction Medicine and SUGAR certification 2019
A one-year online program


This fall it will be 34 years since I was first introduced to addiction medicine and for the past 26 years I have treated “food addiction” which I now call “sugar addiction” ( sugar, flour/grains and processed foods). Over the years I have treated thousands of people and trained hundreds of professionals in sugar addiction.

In 2012 I began a one-year training program of Holistic Addiction Medicine ( in Sweden) for professionals who counsel people affected by sugar/flour/processed foods. In 2014 I began training professionals for the sugar addiction assessment tool – SUGAR. In 2018 I incorporated the two here in Sweden. the time has come to take this educational work to the next level and incorporate the two trainings in a new international online course.


What is the online Holistic Addiction Medicine – SUGAR course?


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, 12 step recovery and other methods.


SUGAR® – Sugar Use General Assessment Recording is a evaluation tool for sugar addiction and is been proven to be an extremely effective tool for motivational work with those with sugar addiction and as a basis for treatment planning. The instrument is based on ICD 10 ( ICD 11 will come during spring ) SUGAR Cert. can be done separately.

SUGAR-adolescent is currently being developed and will be available in the near future.


In this course you will learn about the American Association of Addiction Medicine’s definition of addiction and the central roles of nutrition and the brain in this disease. You will gain deep knowledge of how to do screening, assessment, evaluation and diagnosis of the disease of addiction. You will learn how to build a successful treatment plan 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. If you have another background and want to expand your knowledge in addiction medicine, email me.


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:

  • Screening, assessment and evaluation tools – UNCOPE, ADDIS®, SUGAR® GAMES
  • 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. The Disease concept.
  • 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 outlet’s.
  • Different expressions of sugar addiction, such as volume eating, bingeing, dieting, excessive exercise, restriction, e t c.
  • Oxytocines role in especially volume eating
  • Treatment, lifelong, different stages
  • 12 step and other recovery support groups
  • The role of breathing in our lives
  • The role of shame in addiction
  • Relapse prevention and treatment
  • Practical training, see information about “4 day intensive“



Director: Bitten Jonsson Reg. Nurse Addiction specialist, SUGAR, ADDIS certified



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

Börje Dahl, Social Worker, Addiction Diagnostic Spec.

Anders Olsson, author and lecturer,

Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, Prof, M.D. Oxytocine specialist,

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

David Wolfe, Reg. Dietitian, Sugar Addiction Coach

Annica Strandberg, Addiction specialist, children/families


Ewa Meurk, Elitista,,
Wiveka Krantz,
Susanne Sanna Åbonde,
More upon request

Interested? Send me an email for information, curriculum, price and details.
9th of August 2019, Bitten Jonsson