n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Alcohol dependence - what actually works

Volume 31, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



This article focuses on a pragmatic approach to the assessment of alcohol dependence and an overview of some of the most effective interventions. The acute medical management of the withdrawal process is beyond the scope of this article. This article concentrates on alcohol dependence, as this is the most common addiction. In turn, as most of the non-pharmacological interventions can be used in the general management of all addictions, regardless of the specific drug of abuse, we also focus on some of these interventions that have an established evidence base. In South Africa the goal of treatment is usually abstinence, but there is ongoing debate about moderation in alcohol use versus abstinence, particularly in managing the young individual on the path to dependence.

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