TITLE

Medications for Unhealthy Alcohol Use: Across the Spectrum

AUTHOR(S)
O'Malley, Stephanie S.; O'Connor, Patrick G.
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
Alcohol Research & Health;2011, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p300
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The prevalence of unidentified or untreated unhealthy alcohol use remains high. With the advent of pharmacotherapy and models of counseling appropriate for use in primary care settings as well as in specialty care, clinicians have new tools to manage the range of alcohol problems across the spectrum of health care settings. By extending treatment to primary care, many people who do not currently receive specialty care may have increased access to treatment. In addition, primary care providers, by virtue of their ongoing relationship with patients, may be able to provide continuing treatment over time. Extending the spectrum of care to hazardous drinkers who may not be alcohol dependent could result in earlier intervention and reduce the consequences of excessive drinking.
ACCESSION #
60362930

 

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