Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment
Millions of people struggle with alcohol, and even though treatments are available that can help to reduce or stop problem drinking, studies have found that very few people ever receive them. We offer evidence-based therapies that can help put people on the path to success. Find out more below to see if we can help you or someone you know.
- The American Psychiatric Association publishes diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder, and 10 - 15% of adults (≥ 15 years old) in the U.S. meet the criteria.
- The treatment of alcohol use disorder can be divided into two phases - acute withdrawal and chronic management. Patients who have been drinking heavily may experience withdrawal when they stop drinking. Medications are available that can help to alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms. Drugs called benzodiazepines are most widely used, but they may not be appropriate for some patients. Two other medications, gabapentin and carbamazepine, have also been shown to be effective in trials. In most cases, patients with acute withdrawal can be treated at home, but there are some exceptions. See the links below for more information from our clinical website, Straight Healthcare.
- After patients are through the acute phase of treatment, chronic disease management begins
- Three drugs are FDA-approved to manage alcohol use disorder - naltrexone, acamprosate, and disulfiram; gabapentin and topiramate have also proven effective in trials. Most guidelines recommend naltrexone or acamprosate as first-line therapy. Disulfiram makes people sick if they drink alcohol, so it is only effective if the patient is willing to take it every day. All drugs have cheap generics and can be taken for as long as necessary. See the links below for more information.
Affordable, Transparent Care
- Initial visit: $50
- Follow-up visits: $50
- Acute withdrawal treatment: follow-up in 1 week
- Maintenenance therapy treatment: follow-up in 2 - 4 weeks. After that, follow-up every 6 months for 1 year, and then yearly. Patients may stay on therapy for as long as they wish.
- Labs (if indicated)