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App Helps Patients With Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcoholism is a chronic illness and after receiving alcohol therapy many individuals will unfortunately relapse. In a recent article, the Journal of the American Medical Association identifies a smartphone app designed to assist patients diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD).

This app, A-CHESS (Addiction-Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System), helps reduce relapse rates by providing an audio-guided relaxation session along with an alert feature to warn patients if they are approaching a high-risk location, such as a bar or liquor store.

Patients who used the A-CHESS application reported fewer risky drinking days. The results are very encouraging and offer another layer of support for treating patients recovering from alcoholism.

This month is Alcohol Awareness month and Family Physicians Group encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much. We have helpful support programs and screenings to help you get the treatment you need to get sober.

Alcohol misuse screening & counseling
All Medicare beneficiaries who use alcohol regularly should get an annual misuse screening. You do not need to show any signs or symptoms of alcohol abuse to get a screening. If the screening indicates alcohol misuse, Medicare will pay for as many as four brief counseling sessions every year.

What does Medicare Cover? Medicare Part B covers alcohol misuse screening once per year and for as many as 4 brief face-to-face counseling sessions per year if you are diagnosed with an alcohol problem.

How much does it cost? Medicare beneficiaries pay no copay and no deductible for the misuse screening and counseling sessions.

Schedule a free alcohol misuse screening today!

Schedule your appointment today! To learn more about Alcohol Awareness, Join us for a discussion on how alcohol can affect your health negatively if over indulged. Contact a member of the Family Physicians Group team at 1.866.999.3741 with your questions.

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