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Alcoholism Treatment from an Evidence-based Perspective

by Mark Rose, MA 5 CE Credits

Alcohol abuse and dependence constitutes a major public health concern.  Alcoholism is responsible for more than 15% of the national health care budget in the United States, with approximately 40% of all hospital admissions being alcohol-related. Roughly 100,000 people in the U.S. die each year from alcohol-related causes.  Additionally, alcohol use is a factor in a large proportion of physical and sexual assaults, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, as well as developmental disorders, birth defects and sudden infant death syndrome among children of alcohol-abusing mothers.

There is compelling data indicating that accessible alcoholism treatment benefits the individual and society as a whole. This course will enable mental health providers and allied health professionals to gain an understanding of the causes of alcoholism. Further, an evidence-based perspective of the effectiveness of current interventions for alcoholism is presented. Specifically, psychosocial therapies, self-help organizations, pharmacologic approaches, and alternative/complementary therapies that are currently used with alcohol dependence is reviewed with a focus on adults diagnosed with alcohol dependence. Empirical data on the  use of these therapies in tandem is also addressed.


Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction and Background
  • Definition of Alcohol Dependence
  • Epidemiology and Sociodemographics
  • Psychiatric Conditions Associated with Alcoholism
  • Causes of Alcoholism
  • Psychosocial Therapies
  • Self-help Therapies
  • Project MATCH
  • Pharmacotherapies
  • Synergistic Effects of Pharmacotherapy and Psychosocial Therapy
  • Alternative and Complementary Therapies
  • Conclusion
  • Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Define alcohol dependence, including the role of gender, ethnicity and other sociocultural factors on its prevalence.
  • Summarize the current data on the etiology of alcoholism within 3 prominent domains: genetic, familial, environmental.
  • Discuss and clinically apply 6 evidence-based treatments for alcoholism, as well as incorporate 2 self-help approaches into active intervention and behavior maintenance.
  • Recognize the important integrative role allied health professionals can play in the treatment of alcoholism, including the possible use of 3 FDA-approved agents, 3 non-FDA approved (off label) agents, and 5 alternative/complementary therapies.