An Interview with Mark L. Willenbring, M.D.

Total Running Time: 22 min. (All three chapters)

Director of Treatment and Recovery Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Dr. Mark Willenbring discusses the different factors that can lead to alcoholism, including genetics and psychiatric disorders. Key points are the stigma associated with alcoholism; the importance of starting treatment; how to find it; and what constitutes effective treatment for alcoholism. Willenbring shares several resources that may help with treatment, as well as various support groups for addicts and family members. Additionally, new FDA-approved medications are discussed in this program that may help reduce the risk of relapse.