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February 24, 1945

Current Comment

JAMA. 1945;127(8):462. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860080034013

THERAPY OF ALCOHOL ADDICTION  The treatment of chronic inebriety today often includes services by the lay therapist, who participates in the rehabilitation of the chronic alcoholic addict. The qualifications of the lay therapist have become more important because many of those who have recovered from alcoholism desire to help in the rehabilitation of those who are still addicted. The therapy of alcoholism is complex; agreement has not yet been reached as to the preferred method or methods of procedure. A recently published symposium1 on this subject views the problem in its various aspects. The prevention of inebriety is considered by Abraham Myerson, who suggests that the prevailing social attitudes toward the chronic drinker must be altered through education and social propaganda. The aversion method recognized as an application of the conditioned reflex is the subject of an important critique by Professor Carlson. The theory of the allergic nature of