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Guide to Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome from Alcohol | South Central MIRECC

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About the Guide to Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome from Alcohol for Clinicians and Veterans

These guides describe the symptoms of and treatment for post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) from alcohol for clinicians and Veterans.

  • Each guide defines PAWS in language appropriate for clinician and Veteran audiences.
  • The clinician guide describes the use of Gabapentin as a treatment for PAWS, including an example titration schedule, benefits and misuse of the medication, and how it is used in combination treatment.
  • The clinician guide also discusses the prevalence of substance use disorders in minority populations and disparities in consequences for substance use.
  • The Veteran guide describes Gabapentin as a treatment for PAWS and the side effects of the medication.
  • Published 2021

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Roberto D. Sanchez, DO and Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD.

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Use of these Materials and Finding VA Health Care

Please note that the health care information provided in these materials is for educational purposes only. It does not replace the role of a medical practitioner for advice on care and treatment. If you are looking for professional medical care, find your local VA healthcare center by using the VA Facilities Locator & Directory. This page may contain links that will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

Last updated: December 15, 2023