April 3, 1978

Detoxification of 1,024 Alcoholic Patients Without Psychoactive Drugs

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Education, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Detoxification Unit, Loch Raven Veterans Administration Hospital, Baltimore (Dr Whitfield); Comprehensive Service Detoxification Unit, Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Mount Vernon, III (Dr Thompson); Jacksonville Area Council on Alcoholism, Jacksonville, III (Ms Spencer); Intake Detoxification Section, Hyland Center, St Louis (Mr Pfeifer); Sangamon County Community Action Agency, Springfield, III (Ms Lamb); and the Alcoholism Education Project, Department of Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield (Ms Browning-Ferrando).

JAMA. 1978;239(14):1409-1410. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280410051018

Most community-referred, ambulatory chronic alcoholics can be detoxified quickly and safely without the use of psychoactive drugs, according to our data. We believe such detoxification can be done most efficiently in a social setting, with the aid of a staff who will provide reassurance and reality orientation and who will monitor the patients' vital signs, general condition, and any specific problems.

(JAMA 239:1409-1410, 1978)