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.
Neubuerger OW, Miller SI, Schmitz RE, Matarazzo JD, Pratt H, Hasha N. Replicable Abstinence Rates in an Alcoholism Treatment Program. JAMA. 1982;248(8):960–963. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330080042026
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