Despite the high prevalence of high-risk drinking, alcohol use disorder (AUD), and alcohol-related harms in British Columbia, these conditions frequently go unrecognized and untreated in the health care system. Primary care providers are well-positioned to screen and assess for addictions, connect patients to treatment and support relapse prevention. However, many clinicians don’t have experience caring for individuals with alcohol use disorder using the latest evidence-based treatment guidelines. Clinicians may have practical questions about how to initiate and titrate treatments and may be unaware of local clinical supports and resources.
BC ECHO on Substance Use – Alcohol Use Disorder is a new, virtual community of practice that aims to build capacity within primary care settings to improve access to and delivery of high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder treatment and care.
This program has been developed for primary care providers and their teams to support evidence-based approaches to the clinical management of alcohol use disorder. This series is part of the larger BC ECHO on Substance Use, a virtual community of practice that aims to help primary care teams build capacity in the treatment and management of substance use disorders.