NIAAA Creates Alcohol Treatment Navigator

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In an effort to help people find adequate treatment for alcoholism, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has created the Alcohol Treatment Navigator. According to the press release, it is a “comprehensive, yet easy-to-use tool to help individuals and their loved ones navigate the often-complicated process of choosing treatment for alcohol problems.”

With hundreds of treatment centers out there, it can be difficult for people to sort through it all. How do you know who to trust? What questions should you ask? What should you be looking for? These are all questions that people looking for alcoholism treatment may be considering. The Alcohol Treatment Navigator serves as a resource for people looking for treatment options and information about addiction. Some of the contents include:

  • An overview of alcohol use disorder
  • A description of different kinds of professionally-led treatment options
  • Step-by-step instructions for searching several existing online directories of treatment providers, including information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Behavioral Health Treatment Locator
  • Ten questions to ask a provider, and five signs of quality to listen for
  • A downloadable Toolkit to help organize and simplify the search process

“Good alcohol treatment can be very hard to find,” said Lori Ducharme, Ph.D., NIAAA’s program director for Health Services Research in the press release.  “Knowing where to look for treatment is difficult, mainly because treatment takes many forms which often are not well integrated into general health care. That makes it hard for people to find the kind of care that they need, when they need it. The navigator is designed to take the mystery and frustration out of that search by guiding them through a step-by-step process to find a qualified treatment provider.”