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By Irving Maltzman

This crucial publication presents a assessment of the Minnesota version of alcoholism therapy, which mixes present scientific remedies and the 12-step rules of Alcoholics nameless with the objective of abstinence. It significantly examines the examine base aiding cognitive habit treatment ways to alcoholism. utilizing facts from biosociobehavioral technology and significant analyses of alcoholism therapy end result literature, the booklet rebuts the view of cognitive habit therapists that alcoholism is not anything yet a nasty behavior .

This publication fills a necessary want, describing which alcoholism remedies paintings and which don't. it truly is a useful consultant to the assisting professions taking care of alcoholics, alcoholism counselors, social employees, nurses, scientific psychologists and psychiatrists in addition to the clever layperson drawn 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 sickness perception of Alcoholism; Alcoholism remedies and Mistreatments; What Makes Alcoholics nameless paintings; Expectancy conception and examine: Balderdash; Self-selection of Alcoholism remedy objectives: damage aid or Induction; Little Albert Redux II: Bias and absence of Scholarship in Textbooks; Sociology of technological know-how and Alcoholism Studies.

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Project MATCH results were for completers only. The Community Reinforcement Approach Miller and his colleagues (1995) rate the community reinforcement approach (CRA) to alcoholism treatment (Azrin, 1976; Hunt & Azrin, 1973) very high in their evaluation of treatment programs. Miller (1995b) wrote the forword to a book (Meyers & Smith, 1995) coauthored by his colleague Meyers, who had experience with the original studies of the CRA conducted by Azrin. Miller also coauthored several other articles and edited a book with Meyers; and included a chapter by Smith, Meyers, and Milford (2003) in the book on alcoholism treatment approaches edited by Hester and Miller (2003) that Miller dedicated to his colleague and friend, Meyers.

A Study of Women Both studies by Smith (1985, 1986) used an index treatment group and a matched comparison group, one evaluating the treatment of women and the other of men. In the first study, Smith (1985) compared two groups of women: 43 patients from a small residential 12-step–oriented treatment program, and a matched nontreated comparison group of 35 women who were detoxified in the same center as the index treatment group but did not enter the index treatment program. The women in the two groups were initially matched on a large number of variables.

Either Miller read the chapter in his book written by Laundergan and is suppressing the information on Minnesota Model outcomes, or he did not bother to read a chapter in the book he edited. In either case, the information in the book he coedited calls Miller’s scholarly integrity into question. In his ongoing apologia for “moderate” drinking with no assessment of brain structure and function, Miller et al. (2001) ask a seemingly simple question: how effective is alcoholism treatment? He and his collaborators discuss the complexity of the problem, noting that legislators, reporters, and others (including prospective patients) ask this seemingly simple question.

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