Drug and Alcohol Recovery Fitness Specialist | MedFit Classroom


Drug and Alcohol Recovery Fitness Specialist


Drug and Alcohol Recovery Fitness Specialist


This product is an online, self-study course.

Course Author: Nicole Golden

This course covers the pathophysiology of Substance and Alcohol Use Disorders and comorbidities which will contribute to orthopedic, physiological, and psychological considerations when working with this population in the fitness/training setting. The course will be broken up into 10 modules and require 12 total hours of course time to complete. The learner will understand how to choose appropriate assessments and create safe and effective programming to meet the unique needs of this population. The learner shall also understand how to support their clients through the immediate recovery (post-detox) phase and in the months or years to follow as a relapse prevention strategy. The learner shall also acquire strategies to apply this knowledge to grow their training business in all settings (in-patient, outpatient/halfway house, community).

MedFit Network (MFN) Membership

This course includes a 90-day free trial membership on the MedFit Network. This offer is valid for new members only, and instructions for creating your MFN account will be sent a short time after your course purchase. Existing MFN members are not eligible to receive this trial membership, but do receive a preferred price on this specialization course, and other courses. Check your MFN account for details.


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Learners will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the pathophysiology of abuse of alcohol, opiates, and stimulants.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the common movement compensations which may be seen in
    this population through all phases of Recovery.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nutritional considerations which may be relevant in this
    population as well as how to collaborate with a Registered Dietician and physician regarding
    nutrition and exercise prescription.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of all settings where this population may be encountered (inpatient, outpatient/halfway house, community) and how to create safe and effective
    programming in all settings.
  • Select appropriate fitness assessments and correctly identify the frequency of when
    assessments need to be conducted.
  • Create safe and effective programming based on the client’s individual needs taking into
    consideration their history of substance abuse and other co-morbidities in the personal training
  • Apply strategies to support their client through relapse prevention.
  • Apply knowledge to create a business plan to support this population.

Course Delivery and Assessment

This course is delivered through a written course manual, video narrated slide presentations, videos of sample exercises, and sample forms. Comprehension of the material will be measured via a mandatory, multiple-choice item, competency assessment requiring a minimum of 80% correct responses in order to pass.


All of the online courses on MedFit Classroom which lead to a Certificate of Specialization are considered advanced level education, and are meant to be taken by fitness professionals who have previously acquired education and experience as a professional within the health and fitness industry. In order for one to receive the Certificate of Specialization conferred upon those who obtain and complete this Fitness Specialist course, one must be able to demonstrate that he or she has the following:

  1. Evidence of a current certification, or vocational credential, from a reputable certifying or credentialing organization, and within the health and fitness industry; OR an associate’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university in the field of exercise science, kinesiology, physical education, fitness, or a related field; AND
  2. Evidence of current professional liability insurance.

Maintaining this Specialization and Continuing Education Credits

The completion of this specialization course, and the passing of its corresponding competency assessment, leads to a Certificate of Specialization. This Certificate of Specialization will be considered valid for a period of two years. To keep the certificate current, you must complete 10 hours of continuing education, on relevant subject matter, and formally renew the certificate prior to the date of its expiration. As with many certifications and specializations in our field, professionals should anticipate some costs to continuing education and renewal of the certificate.

This course is approved for credit by:

  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) to provide 12 CEUs.
  • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) to provide 12 CEUs.
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to provide 1.2 CEUs.

This course is pending application and approval to provide continuing education from ACE. If your certifying body is not listed, you will be provided with a Certificate of Specialization at the end of the course that can be used to petition your certifying body for credit.

About the Author: Nicole Golden

Nicole Golden is a NASM Master Trainer, CES, BCS, FNS and AFAA certified group fitness instructor and graduate student at Concordia University Chicago where she is earning her Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science/Sports Nutrition. She has been a health/fitness professional since 2014 when she left the field of education to pursue a full-time career in fitness. Nicole is the owner of FWF Wellness where she specializes in corrective exercise, weight loss coaching, nutrition coaching and group fitness.

Nicole also coordinates the fitness/wellness program and teaches fitness classes at the Bradford Recovery Center which is a 28-day in-patient drug/alcohol rehabilitation facility She is passionate in coaching clients within the drug and alcohol recovery community and providing a place at FWF Wellness where they can continue their exercise therapy.

Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and five children when she is not training clients or teaching fitness classes.

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