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Alcohol Use Disorder Treatments (AUD)

Administering all major treatmens such as Vivitrol (Naltrexone), Disulfiram, and more. Scroll down to see additional treatments administered.

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Understanding and Treating Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a chronic brain disease characterized by an inability to control alcohol use despite negative consequences. The disorder involves multiple pathways and parts of the brain, and the addiction cycle is typically divided into three stages, and where medications impact the brain is key for optimal treatment.

Dr. Watson's Approach to Treating Alcohol Use Disorders

Dr. Watson utilizes a specialized treatment strategy combining Direct Physician Care, Medications for Alcohol Use Disorder, and Counseling or Psychotherapy

Medication for Alcohol Use Disorder Available

These medications work by targeting different pathways and neurotransmitters involved in the addiction cycle, helping to manage the symptoms and reduce the likelihood of relapse. There is a science to sobriety, understanding how addiction effects the brain is vital for improved treatment outcomes.

Some available medications are not listed. Some medications may be better for your individual use case than others and may even be layered for a tailored approach. Please consult with Dr. Watson to learn the best medication for AUD approach for you.

Treatment Process

Your journey to recovery begins with a comprehensive assessment. During this initial evaluation, we take the time to understand your medical history, current challenges, and treatment preferences. Your information is handled with the utmost confidentiality, ensuring a safe and non-judgmental environment.

Our treatment approach is grounded in evidence-based modalities proven to be effective in AUD recovery. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and strategies to overcome AUD successfully.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) plays a crucial role in AUD recovery. Dr. Watson may prescribe medications like naltrexone or disulfiram to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. MAT provides a holistic approach to your recovery.

We believe in treating the whole person. In addition to medical and psychological treatment, we incorporate holistic practices that encompass nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Our goal is to help you achieve a balanced and sustainable lifestyle.

Less than

10%

of adult Americans received any type of treatment
for Alcohol Use Disorder in the past year. 

Key Reasons to Use Medications

  • Highly Effective
  • Underutilized
  • Craving Reduction
  • Withdrawal Symptom Management
  • Deterrent Effects
  • Support for Long-Term Abstinence
  • Safe and Inexpensive 

Benefits of Using Medication to Treat AUD

  • Reduction in Cravings
  • Improved Abstinence Rates
  • Support for Behavioral Therapy
  • Prevention of Relapse
  • Physical Health Improvement
  • Enhanced Quality of Life

The Three Stages of the Alcohol Addiction Cycle

alcohol use disorder addiction cycle, including the binge, withdrawal, and anticipation phases
  1. Binge / Intoxication Stage – In this stage, individuals consume alcohol to experience its rewarding effects. This
    stage primarily involves the brain’s reward system, including the mesolimbic dopamine
    pathway (ventral tegmental area to nucleus accumbens). Key neurotransmitters include
    dopamine, which reinforces the pleasurable effects of alcohol.
  2. Withdrawal / Negative Affect Stage – During this stage, individuals experience negative emotional states and physical symptoms when they are not drinking. This stage involves the brain’s extended amygdala, including the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and the central nucleus of the amygdala. Key neurotransmitters include corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), norepinephrine, and dynorphin, which are associated with stress and negative emotions.
  3. Preoccupation / Anticipation (Craving) Stage – In this stage, individuals experience intense cravings and a preoccupation with obtaining alcohol. This stage involves the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for decision-making, impulse control, and planning. Dysfunction in this area leads to impaired control over alcohol use and strong urges to drink.

Innovation in Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

Only 1%

of 29 Million Americans suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder are taking advantage of the benefits of Medication for AUD. 

Medications for AUD are a valuable component of a comprehensive treatment plan, which often includes behavioral therapy and support groups. They can significantly enhance the chances of successful recovery by reducing cravings, managing withdrawal symptoms, and preventing relapse. Despite their proven effectiveness, safety, and affordability, these medications remain underutilized, with less than 1% of patients with AUD being offered this treatment option.

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