Updated Guide Offers Clinicians New Tools
to Help Patients With Alcohol Problems
||Announces update of Helping Patients Who
Drink Too Much: A Clinician’s Guide, produced
by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
(NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
|| The updated Guide includes a new medications
management program that consists of brief, structured outpatient
sessions designed for easy use in nonspecialty outpatient
settings by physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals.
Applying the Guide’s medication management approach in nonspecialty
settings will greatly expand access to effective treatment,
since many patients with alcohol dependence either don’t
have access to specialty treatment or refuse referrals to
specialists. Other Guide updates include: a new handout with
strategies to help patients cut down on drinking or quit;
a new page on the NIAAA web site devoted to the Guide and
supporting resources for clinicians and patients; and information
about a newly approved, injectable drug to treat alcohol
||Wednesday, January 3, 2007.
||Call NIAAA Press Office at 301-443-3860 to
arrange an interview with Mark Willenbring, M.D., Director,
NIAAA Division of Treatment and Recovery Research. The updated
Guide and related materials are available on the NIAAA Website
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and supporting research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and
treatment of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol problems and disseminates
research findings to general, professional, and academic audiences.
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