Alcohol Use Disorder (March/April)

Date of Issue: 03/01/2022 | Volume: 10 | Number: 2&3

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

Dr. Petrakis reviews evidenced based approaches to the treatment of patients with comorbid alcohol use disorder and psychiatric illness. Dr. Bataller describes the natural history of alcohol-related liver disease and walks us through liver function tests. Plus, a review of medications for alcohol use disorder and current research findings in methamphetamine use disorder and opioid use disorder.

In This Issue

Expert Q&A

Real-World Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

Topics: Alcohol use disorder | Comorbidity | Dual diagnosis | Psychopharmacology | Psychotherapy

Many patient with alcohol use disorder (AUD) also have comorbid psychiatric illness. Treating these patients can be challenging however there are evidenced based approaches that have been shown to be effective. Dr. Petrakis reviews the latest evidence in treating AUD in this challenging population.

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Expert Q&A

Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease

Topics: Alcohol related liver disease | Alcohol use disorder | Laboratory Testing in Psychiatry

Dr. Bataller reviews the progression of alcohol related liver disease and the clinical signs associated with each from steatosis to steatohepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. He also walks us through the elements of liver function tests, differentiates markers of inflammation from those of synthetic function, and discusses their clinical utility.

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Clinical Update

Medications for Alcohol Use Disorder: An Overview

Topics: Alcohol use disorder | Medication | Psychopharmacology

There are three FDA approved medications for alcohol use disorder (AUD) and many others that have been tested. Here, we summarize the evidence behind the various medications for alcohol use disorder and highlight clinical scenarios in which each should be considered.

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Research Update

Add-On Buprenorphine for Methamphetamine Use Disorder

Topics: Buprenorphine | Methamphetamines | Stimulant use disorder

There are very few medication options shown to be effective for the treatment of methamphetamine use disorder. Here, researchers examine the utility of buprenorphine to reduce drug cravings.

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Research Update

Unintended Pregnancies in Opioid Use Disorder

Topics: contraceptive services | Medication for Opioid Use Disorder | Opioid Use Disorder | Pregnancy

Rates of unintended pregnancies are high among patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). In this study, researchers tested the efficacy of co-locating contraceptive services with treatment for OUD as well as the efficacy of providing financial incentives.

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CME Post-Test

CME Post-Test - Alcohol Use Disorder, CATR, March/April 2022

Topics: CME Post-Test

The post-test for this issue is available for one year after the publication date to subscribers only. By successfully completing the test you will be awarded a certificate for 2 CME credits.

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