Alcohol Use Disorder

Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder

  • Needing alcohol to unwind every day

  • Feeling unable to cut down on amount of alcohol use

  • Feeling guilty about alcohol use 

  • High amounts of anxiety and tension that are relieved by alcohol

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Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder

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We approach the treatment of alcohol use disorders via a multi-pronged approach:

  • Addressing the causes and results of excess alcohol use with functional medicine lab testing of nutrient deficiencies, gut health and other biochemical derangements

  • Neurotransmitter precursor therapy

  • Addressing withdrawal symptoms with appropriate medications

  • We also use the Sinclair method for patients who prefer this treatment modality

Alcohol Withdrawal

Acute alcohol withdrawal is a serious condition that is diagnosed with careful history taking and examination.  Withdrawal occurs when a patient who is physically dependent on alcohol stops drinking all at once. Those with mild to moderate symptoms can be managed as outpatients with daily physician monitoring. 

​Please note that alcohol withdrawal is a serious medical condition and outpatient treatment is not safe for everyone. Dr. Madhava will assess each patient for whether detoxification in the outpatient setting can be done safely and appropriately.

The Sinclair Method

The Sinclair Method uses a specific treatment protocol for Alcohol Use Disorders. It uses the opiate blocker called Naltrexone to reduce or eliminate a person's craving for alcohol. This method can help you feel free of the grip that alcohol has on your life by decreasing its effect on you and your brain. This method has shown to have a success rate of up to 78%, as described in the book, "The Cure for Alcoholism" (pictured here). 

Cure for Alcoholism

Alcoholic Liver Disease

Dr. Madhava uses a harm-reduction approach towards alcoholic liver disease. Listen to her lecture here to learn more about the research about the etiology and treatment of alcoholic liver disease. 

Root Causes of Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease

Harm Reduction Treatment Approach to

Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease

Our Approach

At Brain Body Medical, we seek to address the root causes of brain imbalance with functional medicine evaluations to prevent relapse, reduce cravings and optimize health.

  • Neurotransmitter precursor therapy with nutrients

  • Brain healthy diet

  • Lifestyle enhancements

  • Functional medicine testing and treatments based on results

  • Health coaches and health educators 

  • Psycho-social supports

The Components of Addiction Treatment



  • Blood testing to look for metabolic imbalances

  • Hair tissue mineral analysis for heavy metals and minerals  

  • Stool testing for gut health and digestion 

  • Urine and saliva testing for hormones



  • Expert review of questionnaires and lab tests to identify root causes of imbalances

  • Partnership with patients to determine goals

  • Discussion and selection of personalized treatment options

Optimizing Brain Chemistry

  • Brain healthy diet

  • Nutrient supplementation

  • Medications as needed

  • Increased daily movement

  • Psychosocial supports

  • Other therao

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Your Journey to Recovery 

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