Alcoholism: Its Treatments and Mistreatments by Irving Maltzman

By Irving Maltzman

This crucial booklet offers a evaluation of the Minnesota version of alcoholism therapy, which mixes present scientific remedies and the 12-step rules of Alcoholics nameless with the aim of abstinence. It significantly examines the learn base aiding cognitive habit remedy techniques to alcoholism. utilizing proof from biosociobehavioral technological know-how and significant analyses of alcoholism therapy consequence literature, the publication rebuts the view of cognitive habit therapists that alcoholism is not anything yet a foul behavior .

This e-book fills an important desire, describing which alcoholism remedies paintings and which don't. it truly is a useful consultant to the supporting professions taking care of alcoholics, alcoholism counselors, social employees, nurses, scientific psychologists and psychiatrists in addition to the clever layperson attracted to alcoholism and its remedy. It additionally serves as a textbook for alcoholism classes and as an ancillary textual content for irregular psychology classes.

Contents: A Biosociobehavioral illness notion of Alcoholism; Alcoholism remedies and Mistreatments; What Makes Alcoholics nameless paintings; Expectancy concept and examine: Balderdash; Self-selection of Alcoholism remedy pursuits: damage relief or Induction; Little Albert Redux II: Bias and shortage of Scholarship in Textbooks; Sociology of technology and Alcoholism Studies.

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It does not follow that all traditional treatment programs are equally as effective. It does show that the program at Serenity Lodge was highly effective, contrary to the myth propogated by Miller, Hester, and others that there is no evidence that traditional treatment works. . [W]hy are residential treatment programs of the kind described not more common in view of their apparent effectiveness? Why are not federal funds supporting research on such projects rather than projects based on the shaky research base formed by behavior therapy studies?

Offered the best outcomes, one of the findings to emerge was that each produced approximately equal results according to the study’s principal outcome measures — the percentage of abstinent days and the number of drinks per drinking day. [Gordis, 1997, p. qxd 11/21/2007 3:35 PM Page 50 FA 50 Alcoholism: Its Treatments and Mistreatments It is grudgingly admitted, In the outpatient groups, however, the 12-step treatment had more favorable results according to several other measures, including (1) continuous abstinence from alcohol.

Alpha and beta alcoholics). According to Jellinek, gamma alcoholics are the ones suffering from the disease of alcoholism. The percentage of drinkers showing structural and functional brain damage increases in a nonlinear fashion from light drinkers to alcoholics (Cala, 1987). Loss of control is the pathognomic sign differentiating gamma alcoholics from alpha and beta alcoholics, according to Jellinek. Combining the outcome results for all of these groups is misleading because of the qualitative differences among them as emphasized by Jellinek — and ignored by Miller et al.

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