Alcohol Use and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

21. What types of behavioral treatments are available for people with alcohol use disorder?

Talking about alcohol use with a professional is beneficial to many people. Counseling — either one-on-one or in groups — can help develop skills to stop or reduce drinking, develop reachable goals, manage the “triggers” that lead to alcohol misuse and build a strong social support system that supports healthy habits.

There are many kinds of counseling approaches.

  • cognitive behavior therapy
  • motivational enhancement therapy
  • marital and family counseling
  • brief interventions

Learn more about each type of behavioral therapy.

Counseling can be provided by

  • primary care doctors
  • psychiatrists
  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • certified alcohol counselors.