Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

NIAAA Director Stresses Importance of Preventing Relapse

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

NIAAA Director Stresses Importance of Preventing Relapse

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NIAAA Director Stresses Importance Of Preventing Relapse

"Preventing relapse is, perhaps, the fundamental issue in alcoholism treatment today," according to NIAAA Director Enoch Gordis, MD. In a commentary published in the latest in NIAAA's "Alcohol Alert" series, Gordis explained that the primary goal in treatment of alcoholism, as in other medical areas, is long-term remission. "For alcohol dependent persons, remission means the continuous maintenance of sobriety. There is continuing and growing concern among clinicians about the high rate of relapse among their patients, and the increasingly adverse consequences of continuing disease."

In the quest to prevent relapse, Gordis said a number of leads have been explored -- ranging from pharmacological agents to behavioral constructs. He cited serotonin uptake blockers and disulfiram among the pharmacological leads, and cue extinction and skills training in the area of behavioral approaches.

"Although these are promising leads that one day may improve significantly the chances of alcohol dependent persons to continue long-term sobriety, there are no definitive answers yet to this troubling aspect of alcoholism treatment. …

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