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Why Fewer People Take Medication for Widely Prevalent Alcohol Use Disorder?

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is characterized by a compulsive drinking habit known as problem drinking. It is a chronic relapsing brain disorder that impairs the ability to exercise control over one’s alcohol consumption, despite knowing its adverse social, health and occupational hazards.

According to a research conducted on Alcohol Use Disorder by Nation Survey in 2019, only 10 percent of people suffering from AUD receive treatment and only 1.6% use medication to recover.

It is despite the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved many drugs that can be used to treat AUD back in 1949. However, people lack awareness about these FDA-approved medications. People don’t seek proper treatment to combat AUD.

Scientists say, people just don’t simply admit they have AUD fearing society stigma. Very few people take a step forward to seek treatment for alcohol abuse.

How To Determine You Are Battling Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)?

Diagnostic Statistical Manual Disorder (DSM-5) has defined criteria to determine symptoms for AUD. If a person qualifies for at least twocriteria  out of 11 during one year, he or she has AUD. Depending on the number criteria a person qualifies, the intensity or the severity of AUD is determined.

The criteria include:

  1. When a person finds it hard to control urge for drinking it is AUD.
  2. It is AUD when an individual has tried to refrain from alcohol at least two times but failed.
  3. Have spent significant amount of time drinking and dealing with its side-effects.
  4. An individual experiences a strong urge to drink.
  5. Landsinto countless problems such as falling sick, accidents, injuries, trouble in relationships and workspace.
  6. Drinking habit has triggered depression, anxiousness and anxiety, in addition to health issues and memory blackout.
  7. The frequency of drinking and duration has increased with time.
  8. Losing all interest in activities that were previously enjoyed by the individual.
  9. Once alcohol consumption decreases withdrawal symptoms increases. As a result a person might experience difficulty in sleeping, irritability, restlessness, depression, anxiety, sweating and nausea.

Medication for AUD?

The American Psychiatric association released a list of approved drugs in 2017 that can be used to treat AUD. These drugs comprise of three active ingredients such as naltrexone, disulfiram and acamprosate.

Why Alcohol Use Disorder should be addressed at the earliest?

Research suggests that around 6 % of US population qualifies for the criteria of AUD. Around 14.5 million Americans are currently battling with AUD. Statistics suggest that 1.7 million people are subjected to emergency services due to alcohol misuse. Alcohol Use disorder is highly preventable. Yet it is currently the third largest cause for 95,000 deaths annually in the US.

It is evident AUD causes organ damage, heart stroke, increased blood pressure and various forms of cancer. It also causes anxiety and depression.

Alcohol abuse also triggers behavioral issues such as unusual sex drive, criminal tendency, accident, loss of life, violence, domestic violence, injury, and poly-substance abuse.

People staying in metropolitan receive medication combined with mental health treatment plans that increases efficacy and long-term recovery from AUD. If AUD remains undiagnosed it gets worse with time.

Accurate Screening is paramount for AUD Diagnosis

In case of any physical illness, the primary diagnosis can be done by a primary care doctor. They can take details of patients’ drinking history. Along with treating physical symptoms of the patients doctors can urge them to seek mental health assistance as well. Experts may assist them to find alcoholism treatment centers where patients can seek detoxification therapy combined with medication, psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy for 100 % recovery.

How We Can Help?

As a progressive society we should accept people with AUD and help them seek treatment. We at 24/7 Recovery Helpline provide one-stop solution for drug and alcohol addiction. Our treatment plans include detoxification therapy, inpatient residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment centers, medication and an array of therapies. We are among the best alcoholic treatment centers in California ensuring 100% recovery and confidentiality.

For more information about treatment plans in your area, call our Recovery Hotline (855) 441 4405 or use our live online chat to talk to one of our trained representatives.

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