Academy Live Intensive

FLORIDA MAY 9-12, 2018



Join us in West Palm Beach to learn
about the critical role that nutrients, amino acid therapy,
a healthy gut and the Pro-Recovery 5 Star Diet play
in reducing cravings, relapse and post-acute withdrawal symptoms.

This integrated biochemical approach to restoring healthy brain function
will transform your practice with hands-on practical knowledge.

Earn 15 Continuing Education Credits and take the first step to becoming a Certified Recovery Nutrition Coach.

Presented by The Academy for Addiction & Mental Health Nutrition
In collaboration with The Alliance for Addiction Solutions



An intensive weekend version of our online Core Training, this 2 ½ day workshop will introduce students to the use of amino acids and the Pro-Recovery 5 Star Diet in addressing symptoms of neurotransmitter depletion which can cause depression, anxiety, insomnia, violent behavior, addiction, cravings and relapse. The use of vitamin and mineral co-factors, the role of a healthy gut, and blood sugar regulation to restore healthy brain function will also be covered.

Who Should Attend?

doctors | nurses | psychotherapists | psychiatrists | social workers | law enforcement | addiction counselors | marriage and family therapists | defense and district attorneys | judges | probation and parole officers | recovery coaches


Pre-conference – Wed. May 9th 1:00-5:00 pm:
Dr. Kenneth Blum – Genetics Research and Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS)

Public Event – Wed. May 9th 7:00 – 9:00 pm:
Sneak Preview: ReVitalizing the Addicted Brain: A Holistic Approach

Seminar – ReVitalizing the Addicted Brain

               Thurs. May 10th, 8:30am – 6pm

               Fri. May 11th, 8:30am – 6pm

               Sat. May 12th, 8:30am-1:00p


Conference Price: $499*

AAS Members: $399

Join AAS + Conference: $75 + 399 = 474 ($25 discount on AAS Membership + Conference Discount)

Bring a Friend: $399 Bring a friend for $399 each!
Offer Ends April 30th.

Student Price: $349 A 30% savings! Proof of enrollment/student ID required.

Dr. Kenneth Blum pre-conference lecture: $99 (Complimentary with conference registration)

Table Sponsorships available starting at $500. Contact Lyle Fried at 772-332-8711.

*Tuition for the 2 ½ day Intensive includes: free admission to Dr. Kenneth Blum’s pre-seminar lecture (a $99 Value), one ProRecovery 5 Star Lunch, 5 ProRecovery 5 Star Snacks and daily coffee/tea.

A Sneak Preview featuring John Giordano and Dr. Kenneth Blum and success stories. 7-9pm

Open to the Public.

John Giordano
Doctor Of Human Letters, CCJS, MAC, CAP

John Giordano is an expert in the treatment of addiction and the founder of The National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies (NIFHAS). He is the author of “Proven Holistic Treatment For Addiction & Chronic Relapse,” and his most recent book is the acclaimed: “How To Beat Your Addictions And live A Quality Life.”  

Mr. Giordano has contributed to over sixty-five research papers with his close friend and colleague Dr. Kenneth Blum, discoverer of the addiction gene. Their papers have been published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals such as: Medical Hypotheses, BMC-Cases Journal, The IIOAB Journal, Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, BMC- Medical Case Reports, Medical Hypothesis, Journal of Post Graduate Medicine, Neurophramacology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Journal, and American Journal of Psychiatry.

In his pursuit of organizing and developing new holistic treatments for addiction, Mr. Giordano founded the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies (NIFHAS); a think-tank and research facility where world-renown scientists and addiction professionals conduct clinical studies in developing evidence-based new and alternative treatments for addiction.

Giordano’s achievements have not gone unnoticed; he is the media’s most sought after addiction expert. Mr. Giordano has appeared on countless notable national and local TV programs such as: CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, FOX Mornings with Mike and Juliet, Tom Brokaw NBC News, ABC news, CNN Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Geraldo, and “Interventions” on A&E as well as many other national and local TV and radio shows.

Giving back to his community has always been core principle of Mr. Giordano’s. His efforts to better his community have also been recognized. Florida State Congresswoman Carrie Meek presented Mr. Giordano with the distinguished “Martin Luther King Award” for his work in the community. He was also awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from the Homeless Community of Dade County and the Humanitarian Award from South Florida Public Television Station, WPBT.

Giordano has played a pivotal role in ushering evidenced-based, holistic (comprehensive approach) protocols into the mainstream of addiction medicine. He first became

interested in alternative medicine while training in karate when he was fourteen. Years later – and at a time when most had never heard the term ‘holistic’ much less understand it’s meaning – Giordano was hard at work developing modalities founded in holistic principles. He learned early in his counseling career the important roll amino acids played in proper brain function. The lack of quality amino acids available on the market forced Giordano to begin formulating his own with a focus on mental health. His signature nutraceutical, Mental Clarity, has been shown to improve cognition, memory and energy while minimizing emotional responses to stress.

Mr. Giordano is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Addiction Professionals (FL/NAADAC 2010 & 2011), and Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA, 2010 & 2011). He is also a member of The American Hypnotherapy Foundation, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and holds the Distinguished Member Award from the National Association of Forensic Counselors.

neurotransmitterIt was by no accident that Giordano chose addiction treatment as his life’s work. Nearly thirty-years ago, at the urging of his family, John entered rehab. He emerged a changed man – committed to helping others afflicted by this hideous disease. Giordano’s new path required new knowledge. He has since earned many degrees and certifications including Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Traditional Indian Medicine Program, Master in Neurolinguistics Programming, Certified Practitioner of E.M.D.R, Certified Sentence Mitigation Specialist, Certified Mindfulness and Powerful Mind-Body Awareness Therapy Skills, International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, and in 2008 he was honored with a Doctor of Human Letters from Sinai University in Jerusalem Israel.

Becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the quality of care he observed in treatment facilities, Giordano set out on his own. He opened an addiction treatment facility over twenty-years ago which evolved into G & G Holistic Addiction Treatment in North Miami Beach, Florida. The facility a 62 bed in/out patient center is one of only a handful of holistic center of its kind to earn the coveted Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ (JCAHO) highest distinction: The Gold Seal of Approval.

In addition to his daily responsibilities; Mr. Giordano has provided counseling and trauma recovery services to law enforcement officers and Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. He is a state and federal expert witness and also the Chaplin of the North Miami Police Department. Mr. Giordano trains law enforcement officers and Green Berets in self-defense and negotiation techniques.

Mr. Giordano is a karate Grand Master. He is a 5 time US National Karate Champion, and Metropolitan AAU Judo Champion. Giordano is a 10th Degree Black Belt in Karate and a 1st Degree in Judo, Jiu-jitsu. Mr. Giordano was inducted into the World Martial Arts Congress Hall of Fame in 1996.

Pre-Conference Special
Genetic Testing, Epigenetics and Nutraceuticals: Combating the Opioid Drug Epidemic Through ” Precision Addiction Medicine”  

Kenneth Blum, PhD, world recognized and award winning Neurogeneticist discovered and coined the term “Reward Deficiency Syndrome” (RDS), now considered a validated abnormal psychological disorder (Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal Psychology, 2017), which underlies addictive, behavioral and mood disorders. In this exciting 3.5 hour seminar, he will present the culmination of his 50 years of studying the biochemical and genetic underpinnings of the addictive brain. As the father of both “Psychiatric Genetics” and “Neuroadaptagen Amino -Acid Therapy” he will describe how ” Precision Addiction Medicine” utilizes genetic testing to identify who is at risk to develop specific addictive disorders and other issues which fall under “Reward Deficiency Syndrome” and how targeted nutraceutical interventions can effectively help to combat the current opioid crisis.

When: Wed May 9th, 2018 from 1-4:30 pm
Where: Palm Beach Atlantic University
Cost: $99.00 or free for attendees of the Re-Vitalizing the Addictive Brain weekend intensive.

Dr. Kenneth Blum, B.Sc. (Pharmacy), M.Sc., PhD, DHL- received his PhD in Neuropharmacology from New York Medical College and is a graduate from Columbia University and New Jersey College of Medicine. He trained at the Institute of Behavioral Genetics, Colorado University at Boulder, Colorado. He also received a doctor of humane letters from St Martins University. He has published over 500 abstracts, peer– reviewed articles and books (16). He has been the recipient of many grants and awards including a Life-Time Achievement in Addiction Medicine (Holistic Institute on Addiction Studies); Marquis Who Who’s Life –Time Achievement Award, and Presidential Award for Scientific Excellence (National Council of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Councilors), Scientific Achievement Award (City of Life Miami) and Best Abstract (2012) Award ASRA (Pain); Path Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (2014) and Honorary Full Professor (Eötvös Loránd University, Institute of Psychology, Budapest, Hungary) and American Society of Addiction Medicine Millennium Laboratory Award among many others. He coined the term “Reward Deficiency Syndrome “in 1995 now in Microsoft Dictionary, Gates Scientific dictionary and featured in SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal Psychology (2017). Currently he serves as Editor-in-chief of Journal of Reward Deficiency Syndrome & Addiction Science (Editor-in-chief), Co-EIC Neuroimaging in Psychiatry & Neurology, and is on the editorial board of 18 other scientific journals. As the lead author on the first genetic association of a dopaminergic gene with severe alcoholism, he is considered by some as the “Father of Psychiatric Genetics”. He is the holder of many U.S. and foreign patents involving nutrigenomics. He is the lead author of a new Springer Neuroscience Brief book on the 12 Steps -entitled “Molecular Neurobiology of Addiction Recovery.” Dr. Blum along with Mark Gold (St. Louis) and Philip Gorwood (Paris) has been named Editor-In Chief of Frontiers of Bioscience Special Issue on Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS). Dr. Blum is an adjunct Professor, in both the Department of Psychiatry at University of Florida College of Medicine and McKnight Brain Institute and the University of Vermont. He is Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California and Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Wright University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio. He also serves as Neuroscience advisor to many companies and foundations including Dominion Diagnostics (Chief Scientific Adviser), Path Foundation NY (Director of Science), Victory Nutrition, Impact Genomics, Shores Treatment & Recovery Center (Neuroscience Advisor) and Nupathways. He currently serves as Chairman of the board of Geneus Health, San Antonio, Texas. He is Emeritus Faculty of The Institute of Applied Genomics and Biotechnology, Nagpur, India. Major media outlets worldwide have covered his work on addiction. He is currently serving as President and CEO of IGENE, LLC, Austin Texas and Founding President United Science Group (USG). Dr. Blum is working on the first ever Genetic Addiction Risk Score (GARS) in conjunction with Geneus Health and Dominion Diagnostics. He is a frequent contributor to Sober World and Addiction Professional magazines. In conjunction with Merlene Miller and David Miller they just published their award winning book “Staying Clean and Sober”. He is a sought after speaker on a global basis for insights into RDS and genetics. He has published in almost every major peer review journal in the world including Science, Nature, Lancet, JAMA, JAMA Psychiatry, PNAS, Plus One, Oncotarget, Cureus, psychopharmacology, molecular neurobiology, amongst many prestigious journals. His work has been featured in every major newspaper, magazine and television worldwide. He is indeed the father of Amino-Acid Therapy for Reward Deficiency Syndrome developing Pro –Dopamine Regulation to induce “dopamine Homeostasis “coupled with genetic testing for Personalized Addiction Medicine.


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Just a 6 minute walk to the University!

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Day 1 – Describe the four neurotransmitter systems, their drugs of abuse and natural detox strategies using targeted amino acid therapy. 6 CEUs.

Day 2 – Describe the key elements of the Pro-Recovery 5 Start Diet, identify the co-factors required by the brain to make and effectively fire neurotransmitters. 6 CEUs.

Day 3 – Describe the role a healthy gut plays in mood and behavioral health, and describe the process of integrating these concepts into your program. 3 CEUs.


  • Christina Veselak, LMFT, CN: Licensed psychotherapist, and mental health nutritionist specializing in the use of amino acids and other nutrients to promote healthy brain function leading to optimum mood and behavior. Founder of Academy of Addiction & Mental Health Nutrition, co-founder of Alliance for Addiction Solutions, and in private practice for over 30 years.

  • Pati Reiss, BA, HHC, CNRC:  Recovery health coach and innovative holistic chef, specializing in customizing the Pro Recovery 5 Star diet for individual biotypes. Owner of High Vibe Recovery, and President of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions.

  • Debra Filla, BA, MBA, CNRC, is Builder, and Owner of Inside Out, a business focused on “helping build health from the inside out” since 1998. Debra is a Certified Recovery & Nutrition Coach through the Academy (CRNC) and is past VP of the KC Celiac Sprue Association.

*Continuing Education: B.E. Education Group, LLC is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing, Provider Number LT0258-0310.  This course offering is approved for 15 contact hours applicable for RN’s, APRN’s, LPN’s, and LMHT re-licensure.  B.E. Education Group, LLC is a pre-approved provider for social workers through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) Provider Number 14-002. This workshop meets BSRB criteria for diagnosis and treatment.