By Irving Maltzman

This significant booklet offers a assessment of the Minnesota version of alcoholism remedy, which mixes present medical remedies and the 12-step rules of Alcoholics nameless with the target of abstinence. It severely examines the study base assisting cognitive habit remedy ways to alcoholism. utilizing facts from biosociobehavioral technology and significant analyses of alcoholism remedy end result literature, the e-book rebuts the view of cognitive habit therapists that alcoholism is not anything yet a foul behavior .

This publication fills a necessary want, describing which alcoholism remedies paintings and which don't. it's a useful advisor to the aiding professions taking care of alcoholics, alcoholism counselors, social employees, nurses, medical psychologists and psychiatrists in addition to the clever layperson attracted to alcoholism and its therapy. It additionally serves as a textbook for alcoholism classes and as an ancillary textual content for irregular psychology classes.

Contents: A Biosociobehavioral illness perception of Alcoholism; Alcoholism remedies and Mistreatments; What Makes Alcoholics nameless paintings; Expectancy thought and study: Balderdash; Self-selection of Alcoholism therapy ambitions: damage relief or Induction; Little Albert Redux II: Bias and absence of Scholarship in Textbooks; Sociology of technology and Alcoholism Studies.

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Küfner and Feuerlein’s (1989) analysis suggests that there is a causal relationship, not simply a correlation, between self-help meeting attendance and remission. Fiorentine and Hillhouse (2000a, 2000b) suggest that it is the belief of the person dependent on alcohol and other drugs that they are incapable of controlling their drinking that contributes to abstinence, along with regular attendance at AA meetings. The relatively high treatment outcome success rate reported by Küfner and Feuerlein (1989) is not due to chance.

It is traditional for clinical trials of efficacy to show substantial reductions in effect size when transferred to field conditions. These data indicate a statistically significant matching effect under field conditions. Second, the control group here was not a ‘no treatment’ condition. In fact, the control patients were treated in programs that had shown evidence of effectiveness. For these reasons, we believe the findings have potential practical value and impact for the contemporary treatment of addictions.

I believe Project MATCH was based upon the misrepresentation of the treatment literature by Hester and Miller (1989) and by co-opted government employees of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). 3. Project MATCH claims to have internal validity. Each of the programs followed a manual. However, purported internal validity does not guarantee good treatment. qxd 11/21/2007 3:35 PM Page 48 FA 48 Alcoholism: Its Treatments and Mistreatments patients — a common problem among people with chemical dependencies as reported, for example, by Maltzman and Schweiger (1991).

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