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August 27, 1982

Replicable Abstinence Rates in an Alcoholism Treatment Program

Author Affiliations

From Advanced Health Systems Inc (Drs Neubuerger, Miller, and Schmitz and Mr Pratt); the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine (Dr Miller); the Departments of Psychology and Medical Psychology, Oregon School of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland (Dr Matarazzo); and the Department of Medical Records (Ms Hasha), Raleigh Hills Hospital, Fair Oaks, Calif (Dr Neubuerger).

JAMA. 1982;248(8):960-963. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330080042026

Treatment outcome studies of alcoholism have historically had innumerable difficulties and controversy. Few investigators ever have reported a replication of their initial study results, let alone the crossvalidation of such initial results. This article provides results of a four-year replication study of a medical behavioral treatment approach. Comparisons of patients receiving a uniform treatment were made at yearly intervals. A few variables are identified to clarify who will or will not achieve and maintain follow-up sobriety, although it is admitted that our knowledge in this area is still rudimentary. These results affirm for the practitioner today that the alcoholic patient is treatable with a high probability of success. When the outcome of treatment is positive, the diagnosis and referral become crucial for alcoholism just as for other treatable diseases.

(JAMA 1982;248:960-963)