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- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): For information on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems from the lead U.S. research agency on alcohol and health: (301) 443-3860. Sample publications:
- Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help: This guide is written for individuals, and their family and friends, who are looking for options to address alcohol problems. It is intended as a resource to understand what treatment choices are available and what to consider when selecting among them.
- Rethinking Drinking: This website contains background information about drinking patterns and the risk for alcohol use disorder.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): For information about substance abuse prevention and treatment services. If you receive referrals to treatment programs, use the Navigator’s 10 Questions to Ask an Alcohol Treatment Program to evaluate the services offered. 24-hour Help Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): For information about other drug problems that often coexist with alcohol problems: (301) 443-1124.
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): For information on problems such as anxiety and depression that can coexist with alcohol problems: (866) 615-6464.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Phone: 212-870-3400 (or check your local phone directory under "Alcoholism")
- LifeRing Phone: 800-811-4142
- Secular Organizations for Sobriety Phone: 323-666-4295
- SMART Recovery Phone: 440-951-5357
- Women for Sobriety Phone: 215-536-8026
eHealth Alcohol Treatment Tools*
The tools listed below are a sample of computer-based or mobile e-health tools developed with NIAAA funding. Each has an evidence base that supports its potential effectiveness. For a brief, technical summary of developments in this area, see the NIAAA Alcohol Alert issue on eHealth Technology.
- A-CHESS—A mobile relapse prevention tool; available from some specialty treatment programs.
- CBT4CBT—A computer-based program that offers cognitive behavioral therapy to help people stop drinking; health professionals can provide a prescription.
- Checkup & Choices—A digital self-help program to guide people in deciding whether to change their drinking habits and developing skills to make a change.
For family and friends
- Al-Anon: This mutual help group offers “strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers.”
- Resources about the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) Approach: An evidence-based, nonconfrontational method of encouraging people to enter treatment for addiction.*
- Addiction: The Next Step—Crisis Toolkit: Offers videos, tips, and tools to guide individuals in using the CRAFT approach.
- Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening* by Robert J. Meyers and Brenda L. Wolfe. Available from booksellers and libraries, this book provides guidance in using the CRAFT approach.
- Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician’s Guide and Related Professional Support Resources (NIAAA): This resource includes a 34-page guide and pocket guide for primary care physicians and other clinicians, providing support for diagnosing, assessing, and managing the care of patients who drink heavily, including those with mild to moderate alcohol use disorder (AUD).
- Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM-IV and DSM-5 (NIAAA): This fact sheet outlines changes in the diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder.
- Medication for Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief Guide (SAMHSA): This 39-page guide describes steps in developing a treatment plan, selecting medications, and monitoring progress.
- Continuum: The ASAM Criteria Decision Engine (American Society of Addiction Medicine): This tool helps clinicians determine the level of care a patient needs throughout the treatment process, including continuing care.
Clinical trials on alcohol treatment
NIAAA supports research on alcohol treatment at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and at research centers throughout the country.
Learn about NIAAA studies in Bethesda, Maryland, by visiting the Join a Study page or calling 301-496-1993.
See a full list of NIAAA-supported clinical trials at institutions around the country.
For those seeking adolescent treatment resources
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: This organization guides families and caregivers in finding treatment options for teens and provides an overview of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach to improving family dynamics.
- Family Resource Center (http://www.FamilyResourceCtr.org): Developed by researchers with support from NIDA, and in collaboration with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the Family Resource Center provides a curated directory of resources for parents seeking comprehensive and trustworthy information to address adolescent substance use.
- Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: This information from NIDA describes behavioral approaches, family-based approaches, medications, and recovery support.
*NIAAA has included several potentially useful resources developed with NIAAA funding or based on evidence-based principles derived from research funded by NIAAA and NIDA. As a federal agency, however, NIAAA cannot endorse any particular commercial product or service.