NIAAA alcohol treatment navigator: Ready to help people find quality treatment

Posted on November 30th, 2017 in Alcohol Abuse

NIAAA alcohol treatment navigator: Ready to help people find quality treatment

The alcohol used in alcoholic beverages is ethyl alcohol or ethanol that is produced by the fermentation of grains and fruits. As such, alcohol has been around for centuries now and addiction to alcohol is nothing new. Besides the people affected by alcohol addiction, even their families are constantly at war with alcohol.

Moreover, an entire community ends up paying the price of alcoholism. Despite several unsuccessful attempts to ban alcohol by imposing prohibition, the problem of drinking has emerged as a menace due to easy availability and increased acceptance.

Alcohol is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant that slows down the vital body functions. This results in slurred speech, wobbly balance and coordination, slow response and distorted perceptions. Moreover, it decreases a person’s ability to think rationally and alters his or her sense of judgement.  The severity depends on the amount of alcohol consumed and the frequency of drinking.

Most people drink alcohol to experience the stimulant effects, to lift their spirits and to ‘loosen up.’ However, the consumption of more than what the body can handle creates depressant effects. An alcohol overdose causes a series of severe symptoms and the affected person can become unconscious, go into coma or even die due to a severe toxic overdose in worse situations.

NIAAA develops online resource to determine the right treatment

To enable both the users and their family members to determine the high-quality treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD), the Alcohol Treatment Navigator has proven beneficial in providing the appropriate information. It is an online resource tool designed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Despite being comprehensive, it is an easy-to-use tool that helps users and their loved ones in finding the right treatment.

This innovative tool was developed to overcome alcohol treatment gap. Moreover, the Alcohol Treatment Navigator is the result of nearly two years of developmental efforts based on the long-standing scientific research on clinical interventions and health services, as well as inputs from treatment providers, researchers and people seeking alcohol treatment.

This online resource helps users to easily navigate the complicated process of recognizing and finding high-quality treatment for AUD to increase their chances of successful recovery. It helps to demystify the search process by guiding users step by step toward a qualified treatment provider. According to George F. Koob, PhD, NIAAA Director,, this tool would close the gap between the haves and the have-nots because fewer than 10 percent of individuals diagnosed with AUD receive treatment.

Since there are many treatment options available and people do not know what kind of treatment would best suit their unique needs and preferences, the navigator makes the search easier by providing the information people need and what they need to do to avail the appropriate quality care.

According to Lori Ducharme, Ph.D., NIAAA’s program director for Health Services Research and lead developer of the navigator, people are not aware that they can opt for the various models of treatment besides the usual mutual help group or the long-term residential rehab facility. While these treatment options are helpful to some people, they may not be a good fit for everyone. The very theme of the navigator is “Different people need different options.” It is designed to lead people toward evidence-based alcohol treatment options delivered by skilled health professionals.

Road to recovery

The popularity of alcohol among the American population can be understood from the statistics highlighted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). In 2016, around 136.7 million Americans aged 12 or older were indulging in drinking. Underage drinking is another worrying cause for concern, with one in five underage individuals aged 12 to 20 being the current alcohol users. However, the worse off from AUD are about 15.1 million people, or one in eight people, who need to be immediately treated.

If you or your loved one is addicted to alcohol, contact the Arizona Alcohol Addiction Helpline to know more about the alcohol addiction treatment centers in Arizona. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-671-1510 or chat online to get more information about the best alcohol addiction treatment in Arizona.

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