Alcoholics Treated by Individualized Behavior Therapy: One Year Treatment Outcome
Alcohol Drinking, Alcoholism and Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Follow-Up Studies, Temperance, Male
Behaviour Research and Therapy
One-year treatment outcome results are reported for 70 male alcoholics who, while hospitalized at Patton State Hospital, served as subjects in an experiment evaluating ‘Individualized Behavior Therapy (IBT)’ techniques. Initially, subjects had been assigned to a controlled drinking or non-drinking (abstinence) treatment goal, and then were randomly assigned to either an experimental group receiving IBT or a control group receiving conventional state hospital treatment. One year follow-up results demonstrated that IBT treated subjects had functioned significantly better than control subjects. Dependent variable measures included daily drinking disposition, general emotional adjustment, vocational satisfaction, occupational status, driving status and an index of residential status and stability. The results support the view that some ‘alcoholics’ can acquire and maintain controlled drinking behavior over at least a 1-yr follow-up interval. The difficulties of designing and applying sophisticated follow-up procedures and measures are discussed.
Sobell, M. B.,
Sobell, L. C.
(1973). Alcoholics Treated by Individualized Behavior Therapy: One Year Treatment Outcome. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 11(4), 599-618.
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