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Best Practices to Treat Alcoholism Reviewed

Best Practices to Treat Alcoholism ReviewedCanadian experts have published a comprehensive review of the most effective treatments for alcohol dependence. As in the U.S., alcohol dependence is one of the most prevalent addictions in Canada.

Scientists from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have published their review of the literature in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Researchers report that almost 40 per cent of people with an alcohol use problem also have a concurrent mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, mood or anxiety disorders.

Researchers believe the reviews will aid decision-makers and practitioners who fund or deliver treatment and support services.

The papers include the following topics:

  • Using medication to treat drinking problems: In this paper, Dr. Bernard Le Foll discusses the effectiveness of common medication therapies available for problem alcohol use. Expert opinion suggests effective medications are under-used despite their usefulness.
  • Psychosocial treatment for alcohol dependence: Dr. J├╝rgen Rehm and colleagues report that cognitive-behavioral therapies, motivational therapy and brief interventions have the strongest research evidence for effectiveness. However, improvd consistency of care is necessary to optimize positive outcomes.
  • The societal burden of not treating alcoholism: Dr. Brian Rush discusses that on a population level, treatment and support can have an impact in reducing the burden to society and costs incurred by the criminal justice and healthcare systems.

Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Best Practices to Treat Alcoholism Reviewed

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Best Practices to Treat Alcoholism Reviewed. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 18, 2018, from


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Last updated: 6 Oct 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 6 Oct 2015
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