Advances in the Medical and Nutritional Treatment of Alcoholism: The Revolution in Treatment for the Oldest Addiction

John Umhau MD, MPH, CPE

Ballroom E

Although alcohol use disorder affects one in ten Americans, few benefit from medications proven to reduce alcohol drinking and thereby prevent the cascading family and social disruption which this disorder can cause. The most effective treatment of alcohol use disorder will recognize the importance of psychological, social, dietary, spiritual, medical, and lifestyle aspects of recovery. However, this workshop will focus on the practical implementation of evidence-based outpatient medical treatment, including dietary intervention and the drug therapy which has created new hope for those trapped by alcohol. Topics will include the use of naltrexone, (including The Sinclair Method), new medications, and gut biome factors which drive the neuroinflammation accompanying chronic use and related psychological problems.