Alcohol and families

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Alcohol and families

Constructed for Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 on the theme of ‘Alcohol and Families’, this collection embraces both major roles for the families of problem drinkers – as recipients of support and therapy to promote their own welfare, and as therapeutic agents engaged in promoting the drinker’s welfare through family therapy or less formal involvement in treatment. A collection starting with the analyses most recently added or updated, totalling today 80 documents.

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STUDY 2004 PDF file 166Kb
Dual diagnosis add-on to mental health services improves outcomes

A unique British study has found that treatment-resistant schizophrenic patients benefit from additional integrated substance use/mental health therapy, which may also save costs by reducing the need for inpatient care.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 129Kb
Working with couples helps client and family

The latest in what experts have called an "impressive" series of studies systematically involving a patient's partner in their treatment for substance dependence found that the benefits extended to naltrexone treatment of opiate dependence.

REVIEW 2004 PDF file 967Kb
Take the network into treatment

Distinguished US authors summarise the evidence for a new direction in the treatment of substance abuse problems - harnessing friends, lovers, sons, daughters and workmates to reconstruct the incentives in a client's life.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 189Kb
Rapid opiate detoxification feasible at home

Spanish study suggests that given suitable patients and a suitable home environment, rapid detoxification from opiates can be done at home without on-site professional supervision.

REVIEW 2006 PDF file 1464Kb
Motivational arm twisting: contradiction in terms?

Part 4 of the Manners Matter series asks whether motivational interviewing can overcome the hostile prison environment and the distrust of youngsters, drink drivers and other offenders pressured into counselling by the criminal justice system.

STUDY 2002 PDF file 209Kb
Holistic family therapy preferable to less comprehensive therapy for troubled teens

Family therapy orchestrating multiple dimensions of a child's life was more effective than group child or family approaches for US teen drug users. Extended text highlights main advantage – effects persist while relapse is the norm after other therapies.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 97Kb
General practices can be trained to help families cope with drinkers and drugtakers

A UK pilot study demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of a treatment package to relieve stress and improve coping among primary care patients affected by problem drug and alcohol use in the family, but few practices implemented the intervention.

STUDY 2000 PDF file 147Kb
Constructive response to worried parents

Research on a community reinforcement approach shows that relatives can learn how to engage a problem drug user in treatment without resort to confrontation - and even if the user continues to resist, the relatives feel better and healthier.

STUDY 2000 PDF file 165Kb
Brief 12-step therapy can work for children too

The limitations of US health insurance permitted this rare quasi-random test of whether 12-step treatment is effective for adolescents dependent mainly on cannabis or alcohol and of whether doing this in a residential setting improves outcomes.

REVIEW 1999 PDF file 841Kb
How brief can you get?

Three pioneering British studies dating back to the late '70s showed that alcohol problems could be reduced without intensive (and expensive) treatments. The implications were and remain immense, the controversy fierce.


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