Talking to Your Doctor About Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Do you think I have a problem with drinking?
- Have you helped others with AUD?
- Where can I get help for AUD?
- I’m concerned that I’ve done damage to my body because of my drinking habits. Do I need a physical exam and some tests?
- Do my health problems have anything to do with my drinking habits?
- If I continue with my current drinking pattern, am I putting myself at risk for more serious complications?
- What medical and nonmedical treatments are available for AUD?
- What are the benefits, risks, and side effects of medical treatments for AUD?
- How do the treatments work and how long will they take?
- Can you refer me to a support group for people with AUD?
- Can you refer me to a mental health professional that specializes in the treatment of AUD?
- What type of training and how much experience do you have in treating AUD?
- What is your basic approach to treatment?
- How long will treatments last?
- How long and frequent are the treatment sessions?
- Do you accept health insurance?
- Do you have fee schedules and sliding scale fees to accommodate various financial circumstances?
- What changes can I make to reduce my use of alcohol?
- Is there anything I can do to enhance my recovery?
- Is there anything I can do to reverse any damage I may have done to my body because of AUD?
- What are my chances of successful recovery?
- What if I relapse?
- What are my chances of reversing any damage I may have done to my body because of AUD?
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Tips for talking to your doctor. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/healthcare-management/working-with-your-doctor/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor.html. Updated May 2014. Accessed April 10, 2015.
- Reviewer: Peter J. Lucas, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 04/10/2015 -
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