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Psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and other prescribing clinicians who work in mental health settings are in an optimal position to treat an alcohol use disorder (AUD) that co-occurs with a primary mental health condition experienced by clients in these settings. U.S. Food and Drug Administration–approved medications are available and appropriate for use in mental health settings to enhance the effectiveness of mental health treatment. This tool provides a "how-to" guide to identifying and treating clients with a co-occurring alcohol use disorder in mental health settings. It also includes a prescriber summary that defines a strategy for prescribing AUD medications in mental health settings.

This guide is divided into three parts. In Part I, the authors include information about identifying and diagnosing an AUD. In Part II, they review administering naltrexone long-acting injection, and in Part III, they review oral medications for AUD.

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This research was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and conducted by the Access and Delivery Program within RAND Health Care.

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