1 in 10 suffer from Alcohol Use Disorder.

Your story is unique, but you are not alone. Typically, people do not seek treatment for their alcohol use until their lives are “out of control.” It does not have to be that way. Just like any other disease, early diagnosis leads to better outcomes. NorthStar Care is here to help you better understand your alcohol use problems and how you can maintain long term success.

So, what is Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)?

The official definition of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a chronic relapsing brain disorder characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences. What does that mean for you? It means you cannot stop drinking when you want to, even though it is negatively impacting your life.


AUD is a medical condition. If you have AUD and have not resolved your problems with alcohol use, it is not your fault. Problems related to alcohol use are much more common than you think, and traditional treatments are not very effective. Genetics and nutrient loss are key risk factors for developing Alcohol Use Disorder.  

Quick Facts About AUD

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How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?

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How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?

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How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?

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How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?

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How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of drinking?

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How often during the last year have you needed a first drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

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How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?

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How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because of your drinking?

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Have you or someone else been injured because of your drinking?

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Has a relative, friend, doctor, or other health care worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?

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Are you worried you or a loved one has a problem with alcohol use?

There are different levels of Alcohol Use Disorder (mild, moderate, or severe). Most people do not receive treatment until they have severe AUD because of the stigma related treatment and the challenges of traditional treatment. Our program does not require you to go away for 30 days and leave your family and job. Learn more about your level of AUD risk here. We can help!

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How is the NorthStar Care Approach Different?

When people have the chronic medical illness of diabetes, state-of-the-art medical care involves a team of professionals. That team likely would include a physician, a nurse, care coordinator, and a nutritionist. Patients are often encouraged to attend a weight loss support group. If diagnosed with cancer, the medical team would include an oncologist, an oncology nurse, a care coordinator, a nutritionist, and a cancer support group. In addition, patients often receive a genetic evaluation that would determine the best course of treatment. In both disorders, medications and nutrition are addressed.  


At NorthStar Care, we have built the first program that takes the same comprehensive medical team approach and applied it to alcohol treatment. Our team consists of a physician, advanced practice clinician, a nurse, a navigator, and a peer guide. In addition, patients participate in our peer-led support groups that take place in VR for a truly anonymous experience. Upon admission, patients receive a genetic evaluation that guides medication selection and nutrient repletion. Every aspect of our clinical treatment has been selected because there is scientific evidence that it works.

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