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ERIC Number: ED136080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Multi-Modal Treatment Approach to Controlled Drinking.
Lapac, Paul S.; And Others
An experimental treatment approach to teaching alcoholics controlled drinking utilizing a multi-modal treatment approach is presented. This approach included aversion conditioning contingent upon emission of such undesirable drinking behaviors as gulping, drinking straight drinks, Blood Alcohol Level of 0.065 or greater, and time between drinks. In addition, socially acceptable alternatives to drinking were taught utilizing videotape techniques, role-playing, and biofeedback. Of the 17 subjects who began the program, 14 completed it. Of these 14, 10 remain outside the hospital. Definitive data is available relating to the behavior of seven subjects who are functioning as controlled drinkers. The results obtained indicate that alcoholics can successfully learn to control their drinking behavior and do not have to remain totally abstinent. Discussion of relevant variables to successful training and future research directions are presented. It is clear that externally imposed controls are not sufficient in the total treatment picture. The patient who learns to develop internal control for his drinking behavior has the greatest likelihood of effectively changing his drinking patterns. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Best Copy Available; Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington D.C., September 3-7, 1976)