ERIC Number: ED322437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Treating Abusive Drinkers: A Review of Long-Term Outcome Research Since 1980.
Douds, Keith McLaughlin
The costs associated with alcohol abuse are staggering. Because of the pervasiveness of alcohol abuse, virtually every psychological practitioner will encounter it. This paper reviews literature about a number of common treatments for abusive drinkers. Specific treatment procedures are evaluated from both research and clinical perspectives. Alcohol treatment research that presents follow-up data for one-year and longer is emphasized. It is claimed that while the efficiency of individual psychotherapy and pharmacological agents are not substantiated by the research, some aversion methods, cognitive-behavioral skills training approaches and family therapies have demonstrated effectiveness in treating abusive drinkers. The paper claims the most effective way to treat abusive drinkers uses a multi-modal approach which would initially target abusive drinking directly, although aversion therapies are not indicated if they are neither necessary nor desired to curtail alcohol consumption. Moreover, it is concluded that, while abstinence or a nonabusive drinking baseline is being established, a combination of skills training and family therapies seemingly represent the most expedient means of maintaining treatment gains. Finally it is stated that support groups can help replace the previously dysfunctional environmental contingencies with the interpersonal resources necessary for recovery. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral research paper, Biola University.