There is no cure for AUD. The goal is to manage the disease. This can be done with a combination of counseling, medicine, and social support. Some people may need to be treated in a detoxification center.
It can take a long time to recover. Many people may need to be treated several times.
The type of treatment used depends on the severity of AUD. It may involve:
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Last reviewed March 2020 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 2/19/2021