WEBINAR: Genetics of SUD and Neurotransmitter Solutions

October 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NAADAC (National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors)

Recently released genetic testing specific to Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) now allows us to test for predispositions to specific substances, as well as impulsive and compulsive behaviors, and a spectrum of mental health disorders. With this testing we can also propose targeted precision solutions to restore neurotransmitter homeostasis through neuro-nutrients for each person’s specific DNA profile. With proper neurotransmitter balance, cravings, impulsions, compulsions, behaviors, and moods can be addressed and thereby further enhance the success rates for recovery from Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) as well as prevent the journey into initial substance use disorders. Relapse prevention and general prevention can be greatly aided through this precision approach to neurotransmitter homeostasis.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the genetics and epigenetics of impulsive and compulsive behaviors.
  • Recognize the neurochemical processes involved in Reward Deficiency Syndrome.
  • Learn practical solutions and proper applications to resolve genetic predispositions to compulsive and addictive behaviors.

Education is FREE to all professionals

Earn Continuing Education Hours (CEs)

If you have watched the webinar (either live or on-demand), you are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion to verify the continuing education hours you spent learning. To apply (only after watching the webinar), complete and pass the online CE Quiz at the top of this page. NAADAC members receive a CE certificate for 1 CE for free. Non-members of NAADAC can receive 1 CE for $15 (make payment here). A CE certificate will be emailed to you within 21 days of submission and receiving payment, if applicable. Click here for a complete list of who accepts NAADAC continuing education hours.


Lyle Fried, CAP, ICADC, CHC, is a Board-Certified Addictions Professional, Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Certified Recovery Residence Administrator, Approved Training Provider for the Florida Certification Board, and a Certified Health Coach. He is currently the Chairman of the Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) and is also on the Scientific Advisory Board for Geneus Health. Fried is conducting ongoing research with Dr. Kenneth Blum on “Dopamine Homeostasis,” bringing functional balance to the dopamine reward pathway for Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) as a means toward mood stabilization and relapse prevention. Their research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Fried is one of the world’s leading providers of Genetic Addiction Risk Score (GARS), a genetic test for RDS.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.