Craving Research: Implications for Treatment

Alcohol Alert #54

About the Course:

Many researchers and clinicians consider craving an important contributor to the development and maintenance of alcoholism. Understanding the exact nature of craving has been difficult. Nonetheless, scientists have accumulated a large amount of data on its mechanisms and manifestations. This Alcohol alert reviews how this information has stimulated the development of psychological and pharmacological approaches for maintaining abstinence among alcoholics during and after treatment,


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

October 2001


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about alcohol craving and it’s implications for treatment. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the three models of craving.

  2. Explain how craving may arise in part from persistent nervous system changes that leave the alcoholics brain vulnerable to relapse drinking.

  3. Describe the two alcoholism therapies for achieving and maintaining abstinence.

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