Evaluation and Treatment of Alcohol Dependence
Evaluation and Treatment of Alcohol Dependence Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Individuals with alcohol dependence are often hospitalized and may require treatment for acute intoxication or to reduce the risk of alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol and drug dependence are generally considered to be chronic disorders that require some form of continuing care after initial treatment and stabilization to reduce the risk of relapse.
The featured Innovations describe two hospital programs that improved care and reduced length of stay for patients with alcohol dependence, and one outpatient program that provided continuing care services to help individuals avoid relapses.
The featured QualityTools provide resources for clinicians, substance abuse counselors, and program administrators to help improve the treatment of substance use disorders.
- Hospital-Wide Inpatient Screening for Alcohol Withdrawal and Algorithm-Driven Treatment Improve Care and Reduce Acute Delirium Episodes
- Periodic, Telephone-Based Assessment and Counseling Helps Stable Individuals With Alcohol or Cocaine Dependence Avoid Relapses
- Hospital Partners With Residential Treatment Facility to Offer Alternative Setting to Intoxicated Patients, Reducing Emergency Department Length of Stay
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