New Ways of Treating Alcoholism

New Ways of Treating Alcoholism

After decades of relying on abstinence to treat alcoholism, some experts now say that the cold-turkey approach isn’t the only way.

For more than 80 years, 12- step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous have helped millions give up drinking for good. But today, more and more experts are calling for a change in how doctors and specialists approach the treatment of alcohol addiction. They say for some alcoholics, the cold-turkey just isn’t the answer. Many programs now advocate lifelong moderate drinking in combination with other treatments. At the same time, scientists are hot on the trail of brand-new drugs that could help those dependent on drinking. Rethinking the abstinence-only approach and a look at the changing perspectives on the treatment of alcohol addiction.

Guests

Bankole Johnson

Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Brain Science Research Consortium at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Carrie Wilkens

co-founder and clinical director, the Center for Motivation and Change.

Beth Kane-Davidson

director of the Addiction Treatment Center at Suburban Hospital.

Gabrielle Glaser

journalist and author of "Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink — And How They Can Regain Control”.

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