Managing Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) Workshop Module 3

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Session 3: Initiating therapy including considerations for pharmacotherapy, behavioural therapy, comorbid mental health conditions (e.g. depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance) and poly-substance use

Learning objectives:
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the risks and benefits of selected anti-craving pharmacotherapies and positively impact their intention to prescribe these agents in practice.
2. Describe the advantages of concurrent behavioural and pharmacological therapies.
3. Discuss first line therapies for concurrent anxiety, depression or sleep disturbance in patients with alcohol use disorder and liver disease.
4. Explain the nuances of treating alcohol use disorder in unique populations (e.g. poly-substance use, geriatrics, and people experiencing homelessness).

Pre-recorded presentation

Check out these slides oriented to a Primary Care audience:

Live presentation recording

Printable handout containing the top tips and resources from this session

Additional resources

Definition of Addiction – American Society of Addiction Medicine 

Rat Park 

Motivational Interviewing – Alcohol Video

Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinicians Guide

Screening and Assessment Tools Resource

The Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test

SBIRT in Action Video

Retention Toolkit: Free MI Resource

Canadian Resources

Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines

Guidelines for Healthcare Providers to Promote Low Risk Drinking Guidelines

Alcohol in Canada: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Substance Use Treatment Centres for First Nations and Inuit

Practical Approach to Substance Use Disorders for the Family Physicians

Canadian Alcohol Use Disorder Society

Alberta Resources

Find Day Treatment and Detox

Alberta Addiction Treatment Directory

Recovery Access Alberta: Treatment directory for patients and providers

Recovery Access Alberta: Alberta College of Family Physicians Tools for Practice

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Alberta

Smart Recovery Alberta

Recovery Dharma Alberta: Using Buddhist Practices

Recovery College: Free access to courses focusing on developing awareness and resourcefulness to help individuals and their loves ones through recovery

United States Resources

Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration

National Institute on Drug Abuse

US Preventative Services Task Force: Alcohol

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Further Reading

High Performance Healthcare: Using the Power of Relationships to Achieve Quality, Efficiency and Resilience

Healthcare Teamwork: Interprofessional Practice and Education

Beyond the Checklist: What Else Healthcare Can Learn from Aviation Teamwork and Safety

A Definition and Approach To Motivational Interviewing

NIAAA Treatment Navigator

Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders

Talking with Your Adult Patients about Alcohol, Drug, and/or Mental Health Problems: A Discussion for Primary Care Providers

Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

The Feeling Good Handbook

Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change


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