Alcohol Treatment Navigator Identifies Proper Care for Alcohol Use Disorder

HealthDay News — The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has released a new online resource to help people recognize and find high-quality care for alcohol use disorder.

The Alcohol Treatment Navigator was designed as a comprehensive yet easy-to-use tool to help individuals with alcohol use disorders and their loved ones navigate the often-complicated process of choosing treatment for alcohol problems.

The tool includes an overview of alcohol use disorder; a description of different kinds of professionally led treatment options; step-by-step instructions for searching several existing online directories of treatment providers, including information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Behavioral Health Treatment Locator; 10 questions to ask a provider and five signs of quality to listen for; and a downloadable toolkit to help simplify and organize the search process.

“We developed this tool to help address the alcohol ‘treatment gap,'” NIAAA Director George F. Koob, PhD, said in a statement. “In any given year, less than 10% of individuals diagnosed with alcohol use disorder receive treatment, and many of them do not receive the type of care that best fits their needs. A big reason for that, we believe, is that people with alcohol use disorder often don’t know where to turn for help.”

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NIAAA alcohol treatment navigator points the way to quality treatment [press release]. Bethesda MD:NIH. Published October 3, 2017. Accessed October 11, 2017.