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How Does Stress Lead to Risk of Alcohol Relapse

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Course Description:

This course is based upon material published by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and is available as an open access publication on their website. 

According to the abstract:  Empirical findings from human laboratory and brain-imaging studies are consistent with clinical observations and indicate that chronic alcohol-related dysfunction in emotional and stress responses plays a role in motivation to consume alcohol in people with alcohol use disorders. Recent findings on differences in stress responsivity in alcohol-dependent versus nondependent social drinkers demonstrate alterations in stress pathways that partially may explain the significant contribution of stress-related mechanisms on craving and relapse susceptibility. These findings have significant implications for clinical practice, including (1) the development of novel brain and stress biology–related measures of relapse risk that could serve as biomarkers to identify those most at risk of alcohol relapse during early recovery from alcoholism; and (2) the development of novel interventions that target stress-related effects on the motivation to drink alcohol and on relapse outcomes.

This course on alcohol relapse is designed for substance abuse counselors, clinical social workers, psychologists, professional counselors and nurses who do clinical work. 

This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of the relationship between stress and alcohol relapse.  This course is particularly useful for licensed clinicians who work in alcohol or drug treatment or who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.  

Authors:  Sinha for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding the relationship between stress and alcohol relapse.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Identify key changes in emotion, stress and motivational symptoms related to chronic alcohol use.

  • Distinguish the changes evident on brain-imaging studies in response to alcohol cues.

  • Recognize the physical symptoms related to alcohol cue exposure in recovering individuals. 

Citation:  Sinha for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) 2015).  How Does Stress Lead to Risk of Alcohol Relapse? Alcohol Research: Current Reviews.  432-440.

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