Massage Therapy for Substance Addiction (3 CE hours)


Course Description
This course is designed to offer a detailed introduction to the use of massage therapy as a complementary treatment for individuals that are currently in treatment for alcohol/drug addiction. In this course, we examine the physiological and psychological effects of recovery from chemical addiction and the specific application of massage therapy for these conditions.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this home study continuing education course, the massage practitioner should be able to:

  • Identify the physiological effects of delirium tremens (also called DTs) and other withdrawal conditions.
  • Describe how massage therapy can be used as a safe and healthy psychological coping mechanism for individuals in addiction recovery.
  • Describe how the effects of massage on the levels of dopamine and serotonin production are beneficial to people in addiction recovery.

This course is presented for educational purposes only. It was developed and marketed specifically for massage therapists that are required to obtain continuing education hours for licensing purposes. The author is not giving medical, legal or other professional advice.

This course is classified as “Cognitive” learning, meaning that there is no hands-on portion.