Alcoholism is a Spectrum, Not a Black and White Disorder

By January 11, 2018 August 24th, 2020 No Comments
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Understanding Alcoholism

New analysis shows that alcoholism isn’t the all-or-nothing disorder many people once thought. Instead, studies have proven that there is a wide spectrum in alcoholism. This new information highlights the current flaws in the alcohol treatments offered to people seeking help. With a wide range of alcohol treatment options, including medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, detox programs, and more, some potential patients struggle to choose the option that’s right for them.

“A lot of people struggling with alcohol problems do not know where to turn.” George Koob, the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohohlism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said in an interview with NPR. “Ninety percent of adults in the U.S. with an alcohol use disorder don’t get any treatment whatsoever.”

The NIH estimates that 17 million people struggle with alcoholism in the United States. As part of its campaign to combat this issue, the NIH launched the Alcohol Treatment Navigator. This online tool allows people to compare different types of evidence-based treatment options.

According to research, people who seek treatment for alcoholism can see a positive impact on their lives. Approximately one out of three people who receive alcohol treatment report being better after one year according to the NIAAA.

This extra resource comes at a time where its impact could be huge. Last year, a study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that older adults, women, and minorities are drinking at an increased rate.

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