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Integrative Approach to Alcohol Use Disorder 

Integrative Approach to Alcohol Use Disorder
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Integrative Approach to Alcohol Use Disorder
Author(s):

Jeff Wilkens

, and Shahla J. Modir

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190275334.003.0004
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date: 08 April 2020

Integrative medicine has the potential to augment traditional medical treatment of alcohol use disorders (as defined by the DSM-5), while also providing a basis for primary and secondary prevention of alcohol-use disorders (AUD). The chapter provides the reader with a review of the effects of alcohol on the human brain and body—including how chronic heavy alcohol use produces disproportionate changes throughout the brain that may result in the development of AUD, the influence of genetics on an individual’s sensitivity or insensitivity to alcohol, how traditional medicine balances medications that reduce craving for alcohol with psychosocial therapies, and how exercise, healthy diet, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, acupuncture, and neurofeedback may augment traditional medical treatment and contribute to primary and secondary prevention of AUD.

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