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J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc. 2019 Aug;58(3):159-166. Korean. Review. https://doi.org/10.4306/jknpa.2019.58.3.159
Joe KH .
Department of Mental Health Services, National Center for Mental Health, Seoul, Korea. unclezo@korea.kr
Abstract

Alcohol use disorder is a kind of chronic illness that is difficult to treat. The disorder often recurs easily and patients visit the outpatient clinic while intoxicated. Therefore, is often too difficult to treat all people of concern, i.e., the caregiver, patient, and doctor, due to the frequent helpless and hopeless relapse. If the patient has severe withdrawal symptoms or poor physical condition, it is very difficult to maintain treatment at an outpatient clinic. On the other hand, many patients abstain or reduce drinking and go on to live a sober life by outpatient-based management. In addition, psychosocial treatment techniques and efficient medications are available at the level of a psychiatric outpatient clinic. Under the scope and limitations of outpatient-based approaches, patients with alcohol use disorder can develop a new life called ‘recovery’ with the help of psychiatrists, by the way of motivating changes, correcting cognitive errors, establishing effective coping skills, utilizing external resources actively, and facilitating healthy roles with their families.

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