Treatments for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
by Amy Scholten, MPH
There are many options for AUD treatment. The type of treatment depends on individual needs and severity of AUD. The most important step is recognizing that a problem exists. Denial about amount of alcohol that is consumed and the effect on life is common.
There is no cure for AUD, treatment is aimed at managing the disease. A combination of medical, social, psychological, and behavioral approaches is often most effective. Most professionals also believe management means giving up alcohol completely and permanently. Relapse is common and part of the process, especially during times of stress.
Medical support may also be needed to safely manage withdraw from alcohol. This could require hospitalization in a detoxification center. If you have any underlying conditions with or caused by AUD, they will need to be managed as well.
The healthcare team is often made up of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other health professionals. It is important to maintain contact with the healthcare team and adhere to recommended treatment to help maintain sobriety.
Treatment for AUD involves:
Support and counseling is also available for family and friends of those with AUD. The counseling can provide support for those with loved ones who are in denial and education to help support those that are recovering.
Alcohol use disorder. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed... . Updated April 17, 2018. Accessed April 18, 2018.
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed... . Updated January 17, 2017. Accessed April 18, 2018.
Alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Helpguide website. Available at: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/alcoholism-and-alcohol-abuse.htm. Updated April 2018. Accessed April 18, 2018.
Huebner R. Kantor LW. Advances in alcoholism treatment. Alcohol Research and Health. 2011;33(4):295-299.
Overcoming alcohol addiction. Helpguide website. Available at: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/overcoming-alcohol-addiction.htm. Updated April 2018. Accessed April 18, 2018.
Last reviewed March 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 4/10/2015
EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
To send comments or feedback to our Editorial Team regarding the content please email us at email@example.com. Our Health Library Support team will respond to your email request within 2 business days.