Guideline on Alcohol Withdrawal Management

Guideline on Alcohol Withdrawal Management

Intended to aid clinicians in their clinical decision making and management of patients experiencing alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

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The ASAM Guideline on Alcohol Withdrawal Management

The ASAM Guideline on Alcohol Withdrawal Management is intended to aid clinicians in their clinical decision making and management of patients experiencing alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

ASAM has become aware that, as part of their efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, some states are closing all liquor stores and some programs are not accepting new treatment or withdrawal management admissions. These efforts, as well as recommended or required quarantines, will put some people at risk for alcohol withdrawal syndrome. At its most severe alcohol withdrawal can cause seizures, delirium, and even death.

ASAM recently completed development of clinical guidelines for Alcohol Withdrawal Management that were approved by the Board of Directors on January 23, 2020.

While the copy editing has not yet been completed we are immediately releasing a draft of these guidelines.


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Methodologies

This guideline was developed using a hybrid of established methodologies including the Veterans Health Administration and Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Guideline for Guidelines and the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method (RAM), which is a specific process for combining the available scientific evidence with the clinical judgment of experts.

Update Notes

The final version is expected to be available through the Journal of Addiction Medicine, and on ASAM’s website by June.