College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Alcohol and Drug Abusers' Reasons for Seeking Treatment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1994

Keywords

Adult, Alcoholism, Ambulatory Care, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Rehabilitation Centers, Substance-Related Disorders

Publication Title

Addictive Behaviors

ISSN

0306-4603

Volume

19

Issue/No.

6

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

Clients at two different treatment facilities were asked at assessment how influential each of 10 possible reasons were in their decision to change their alcohol or drug use. Clients at both facilities most often endorsed “weighing the pros and cons of drinking or drug use” and a “warning from spouse.” Client's reasons for seeking treatment were also examined in relation to treatment compliance. Three reasons — “weighing the pros and cons,” “hitting rock bottom,” and experiencing a “major lifestyle change” — were predictive of treatment compliance. Clients who rated any of these reasons as influential were more likely to enter and complete treatment. Although more research is needed, knowledge of clients' reasons for seeking treatment might be useful in treatment matching.

DOI

10.1016/0306-4603(94)90023-X