The Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition
Many psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and addiction counselors are aware of the vital role biochemical and nutrient imbalances play in the etiology and maintenance of substance use and mental health disorders. However, we often don’t have the skills or confidence to effectively approach these issues with our clients without resorting to medication.
Very often clients leave the treatment on more medication than when they started. We created the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition to meet this need. We believe that many of these issues can be effectively be resolved without the use of medication, simply by accurately feeding the starving brain and identifying and addressing the underlying biochemical drivers of these disorders.
What we do?
The Academy provides cutting-edge, in-depth, on-line and live education and consultation services for the purpose of thoroughly training mental health and addiction treatment professionals and volunteers in the skills necessary to identify and effectively address the biochemical aspects of client symptoms through nutrient interventions.
We teach clinicians, treatment providers, and health/recovery coaches how to reduce relapse and improve the quality of recovery by using amino acid and nutrient therapy along with food and diet to effectively address the biochemical aspects of addiction and mood/behavioral disorders, thus providing a stable foundation to the recovery journey. We also welcome anyone interested in learning this powerful, life-transforming information.
Why Choose Us?
The Academy is the only on-line school in the world that applies functional nutrition to recovery from addictive disorders, as well as from mental health and behavioral issues.
- Our instructors are highly trained, very experienced and passionate about saving and transforming lives.
- We are student-centered, and offer live on-line instruction, which is then recorded and accessible.
- We provide a variety of instructional approaches to support all learning styles. We help you apply this information to yourselves and your family members, as well as to your clients.
- We then come alongside you to support earning capacity, business growth and niche expansion.
- We strongly believe in the power of community and collaboration to change the world, and we invite YOU to join our community of changemakers.
Why Choose Us?
- We understand that for people to effectively engage in the journey of recovery they need a well-fed functioning brain.
- We empower you to address the biochemistry of addiction and recovery without medication.
- We empower your clients to take charge of their emotional well-being by learning how to optimally feed their brains.
The Academy for Addiction & Mental Health Nutrition believes that addictive disorders and cravings, as well as MANY MENTAL-HEALTH ISSUES, are driven by imbalances in the brain that create disabling symptoms, and may block the efficacy of other psychological, social and spiritual treatment approaches. Very many of these imbalances and symptoms can be effectively addressed through nutritional interventions available to all, without the need to resort to psychotropic medication. Our mission is to bring this life-saving information to the world.
We envision a world where people understand what it means to “feed their brains optimally” so that they can cope with stress gracefully; where mental health and addiction counselor training programs teach clinicians the necessity of a well-fed brain to support the therapeutic healing process, and where psychiatrists have a larger tool-box and always look for underlying, root causes! We see ALL addiction treatment programs addressing the biochemical leg of the recovery stool by educating their clients about WHY it MATTERS what they eat, how to feed their brains optimally using food, amino acids and other nutrients, and where post-acute withdrawal is a thing of the past.
Christina Veselak MS, LMFT, CN
Lead Instructor, Founder, Director
Christina T. Veselak is the founder and director of the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition. She has been a licensed psychotherapist for almost 40 years, and has been integrating Mental Health Nutrition in to her practice since 1993 and currently provides on-line Relapse Prevention Coaching and Mental Health Nutrition to a wide variety of clients.
Christina consults for supplement companies as well as IV detox programs and residential addiction treatment, helping them integrate this life-saving nutritional approach into their programs.
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 and functional nutrition & biochemistry for mental health, and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with both the general public and professionals in the fields of addiction recovery & mental health treatment.
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Success Stories from our Alumni
The Level 1 CORE Training program was a life-changing experience for me. I’m Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and my knowledge in nutrition was already quite extensive, but Christina Veselak’s program and her passion, as well as extremely knowledgeable approach to human emotions, put me on a level that I thought was impossible.
Addressing the actual biology of addiction, not just the part that requires miserable withdrawal, will power, and more guilt if you did backslide, you feel and understand what is happening with the chemistry of it all and get empowered to fix it! She gets to the roots of addiction and life damage that twists who we could be, into a wreck that is hard to face… and then helps to find the path, the real and walkable path out. The guidance and education she gave me LITERALLY helped me find my way to the, “Me”, I always hoped was really still in, “there”.
I signed up and it was amazing. Christina taught the class and she was easy to follow and extremely knowledgeable. After an intense three day training, I came home and started giving them to my family member. They started working instantly. This person had anxiety since very small. They had been to several doctors and put on several different meds, leaving them feeling like a science project and defeated. They got hooked on alcohol and drugs as a teenager. They had been through the juvenile system, adult court system, and rehab twice.