BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

IHWA-324 - Addiction and Nutrition - 3.00 Credits

IHWA-324 - Addiction and Nutrition - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will give the students the opportunity to view addiction as a physiological disease as defined by the World Health Organization. How alcohol and drugs damage the entire body will be reviewed and discussed. Students will examine how Aboriginal health, which had been maintained by a traditional diet and life-style, has been adversely affected by a modern diet and life-style. Furthermore, students will note that Aboriginal people have become predisposed to addictions because of such harmful changes in their diets and life-styles. The current First Nations Canada Food Guide will provide a focus for discussion. Learning to identify healthy food choices using a holistic program model, students will gain the knowledge and skills to help restore people to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. As part of these investigations, students will become aware of how a lack of nutrition and the wrong food choices can facilitate cravings for drugs and alcohol.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions Advanced Diploma - IHWA Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Spring 2025 (January - April)
  • Prerequisites : Advanced diploma program admission or permission of instructor
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master’s Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to: 

    • describe addiction from a physiological standpoint;

    • outline the physiological damages of addiction;

    • describe the impact of colonization on the loss of knowledge of First Nations lifestyle in reference to knowledge of foods and health;

    • describe orthomolecular medicine and the role it can play in recovery from addictions;

    • outline how lack of nutrient dense food and wrong food choices can promote cravings;

    • summarize the correlation between alcoholism, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia and diabetes; and,

    • articulate how to promote emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness by combining traditional and healthy modern foods and cultural ways.

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    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information:
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    M,T,W,TH,F8:00AM - 5:00PM16 Mar 202505 Apr 2025