The Mission of the NIAA

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse can provide a wide array of resources regarding alcohol abuse to the general public and health care providers. If you or a loved one are suffering from Alcoholism, you probably already realize that you need to get help for alcohol addiction. It is helpful to gather as many resources as possible to maximize your chance or eradicating the problem of alcohol abuse. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has been created to help eliminate the problem of Alcoholism in the United States. The NIAAA recognizes that alcoholism is a root problem that has an effect on much more than the addict. It also affects family and friends, employment and necessary life functions. It can reach a debilitating point that can cause the individual to lose their job, home and family before they seek help.

The NIAAA's mission includes conducting ongoing research regarding the genetics and cultural influences of alcoholism and the prevention and treatment of the disease. This research is broken down and relayed by the NIAAA to researchers, health care providers and general public to help increase alcohol awareness and understanding of the disease. An educated public is an empowered public; having the resources and understanding available can be useful when developing an understanding of the disease. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse also works hand in hand with state, national and local agencies to provide education and resources to serve the general public. The NIAA also has a multitude of useful, educational websites that they sponsor to provide targeted information about alcohol consumption in relation to teens, children and health care clinicians.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Contact Information

If you would like to contact the NIAAA, they can be reached in person or by US Mail at the address below:

National Institute on 
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
5635 Fishers Lane, MSC 9304
Bethesda, MD 20892-9304

If you prefer to contact them by telephone for more information, media inquiries or other general information, they can be reached by calling 301-443-3860. 

Alcohol Treatment And Alcohol Abuse Cures

Unfortunately, there is no cure for alcohol abuse at this time. It is a disease, and most sufferers have tremendous difficulty controlling the urge to drink, even at the expense of their family and livelihood. Alcohol cravings can be very strong, not unlike addictive drugs, and can be almost impossible to conquer without help. The good news is, there are treatment options available for alcoholics that can help them kick the drinking habit. Treatment options include alcohol treatment centers, alcohol rehabilitation centers and pharmacologic treatment options. The medications that are available to help treat alcoholism are effective and promising; while they cannot cure the disease, they can help treat the symptoms while giving the addict the motivation to quit. The National Institute on Alcohol abuse continues to work closely with the pharmaceutical companies to help research the effectiveness of these solutions used individually and as a combination of different therapies.

There are currently three different medicines for alcohol abuse treatment that are currently approved by the FDA. None of these medications are a cure for alcoholism, but can certainly make the process of quitting a little bit more painless for the patient. Antabuse makes the experience of drinking unpleasant by producing feelings of general sickness after alcohol is consumed. This helps discourage drinking through negative feedback. Naltrexone may be prescribed by a physician after the individual has stopped drinking to help reduce alcohol cravings. A reduction in cravings may be helpful in giving the individual the strength to quit drinking. Acamprosate reduces the symptoms that are associated with withdrawals from a long term alcohol addiction, such as anxiety, illness and difficulty sleeping. Often, living with the withdrawals of alcohol abstinence can be more difficult than the process of quitting itself. 

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse has information about these medications and other alcohol abuse quitting adjuncts available to the general public and health care providers. The NIAAA has a wealth of valuable resources available to help eradicate the disease of alcoholism. If you or someone you love has a problem with drinking, contact this organization today for some free suggestions and resources to help you get the help you need today.