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Conquering the Craving

Treatment to Curb Alcohol Use Disorder

Umhau, John C.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000624
Feature: CE Connection: practice

ABSTRACT: Largely underutilized in North America, the use of medications to treat alcohol dependence is frequently a successful method of reducing alcohol craving and promoting abstinence. Recovery from alcohol addiction can be a complicated process, requiring nutritional, social, psychological, spiritual, and physical aspects of healing and self-directed behavioral change. Nurses can intervene in alcohol use disorder via screening, referrals, support of medical and behavioral treatments, and spiritual care that emphasizes hope, forgiveness, and relief from shame and guilt.

John C. Umhau, MD, MPH, CPE, is board certified in addiction medicine. He was formerly with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and currently practices at

The author founded and manages Alcohol Recovery Medicine.

Accepted by peer-review 12/21/2018.

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