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Individual-Level Strategies
Interventions delivered by health professionals

Medications for alcohol use disorder

Three medications have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to help people cut back or stop drinking and avoid relapse: naltrexone (in two forms, oral and extended-release injection), acamprosate, and disulfiram. They are not addictive, and can be used alone, but often are used in combination with counseling.
This intervention is an important option for students who are already experiencing alcohol-related problems. Health care professionals in your campus health and counseling centers can help you identify these students, or residence hall or security staff members may bring students with alcohol-related conduct violations to your attention.

See Potential Resources for support in providing this and other interventions, or referrals when needed.

  • Effectiveness: Not rated by CollegeAIM
  • Cost: Not rated
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  • Public Health Reach: Not rated
  • Primary Modality: In-person individual, in-person group
  • Staffing Expertise Needed: Health professional
  • Target Population: Individuals
  • Duration of Effects: Not rated

NOTE: Cost ratings are based on the relative program and staff costs for adoption, implementation, and maintenance of a strategy. Actual costs will vary by institution, depending on size, existing programs, and other campus and community factors.

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