Problems with alcohol use are very common. About one in three people in the US will experience an alcohol use disorder in their lifetime. Many more will have friends or family members who struggle with alcohol misuse.

Signs and symptoms of AUD can include:

  • Drinking in higher amounts, or more often
  • Wanting to cut down use, or guilt about drinking
  • Difficulty cutting down on alcohol use
  • Cravings to drink alcohol
  • Alcohol use leading to problems in your personal or professional life
  • Alcohol use leading to dangerous situations
  • Tolerance (requiring higher amounts of alcohol to feel effects)
  • Withdrawal symptoms (feeling ill, shaking, confusion, etc.) when alcohol use is stopped

Unfortunately, AUD causes harm to individuals and society, such as:

  • Injury and Loss of Life
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Mental Health Conditions, such as depression and anxiety
  • Inter-Personal Violence
  • Medical problems, including liver disease and harm to the brain
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
  • Poor school and job performance

Effective treatment, including medication, is available but may not always be used. CBH and our network of providers in Philadelphia are committed to wellness – we want everyone to know how to get help.

Treatment can be provided in residential (inpatient) and community-based (outpatient) settings, through group and individual therapy, and with Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Talking to a doctor or care provider about alcohol use and medication can be very helpful. Currently, there are three FDA-approved medications for AUD, which include:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)

Accessing Treatment for AUD

 

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of AUD

 

CBH Webinar: Distilling Solutions: Clinical Practice Guidance for Alcohol Use Disorder

February 25, 2021
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