College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Outpatient Alcohol Detoxification: Initial Findings on 564 Subjects

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1975

Keywords

Acute Disease, Alcoholism and Drug Therapy, California, Chronic Disease, Costs and Cost Analysis, Continental Population Groups, Educational Status, Family Characteristics, Medical Records

Publication Title

American Journal of Psychiatry

ISSN

0002-953X

Volume

132

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

The authors report on a large-scale outpatient alcohol detoxification program, presenting a clinical rationale for outpatient detoxification, describing the program method, and giving initial evaluation data on the first 564 patients. Only 47 percent of the patients required detoxification, and only 19 percent of these required inpatient care. The majority of the patients successfully completed outpatient detoxification; half of these continued in the related rehabilitation program. There were no fatalities. The authors believe the results support the utility of outpatient detoxification as a cost-effective alternative to inpatient detoxification for the majority of acute alcoholics.

Additional Comments

This publication was abstracted in:

Psychiatric Spectator (1975). 9, Sandoz.

This publication was reprinted in:

E.M. Pattison (Ed.). (1982). Selection of treatment for alcoholics. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers Center for Alcoholic Studies, NIAAA-RUCAS Alcoholism Treatment Series, No. 1.

ResearchID/ORCID ID

0000-0001-7705-3993

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