Family–oriented treatment for people with alcohol problems in Ireland: a comparison of the effectiveness of residential and community–based programmes

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Title: Family–oriented treatment for people with alcohol problems in Ireland: a comparison of the effectiveness of residential and community–based programmes
Authors: Doyle, Mairead
Carr, Alan
Rowen, Stephen
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5290
Date: Feb-2003
Abstract: Using a naturalistic design involving consecutive referrals self-selected for family-oriented treatment, 42 participants from a residential programme and 25 participants from a community-based programme were assessed on a range of alcohol-use and psychosocial measures before treatment. A proportion of these cases were assessed after treatment and at 6 months follow-up. At six months follow-up 79% of both the residential and community groups were either abstinent or drinking moderately. However, more members of the residential group (75%) were abstinent at follow-up compared with the community group (36%). In contrast, more members of the community group were moderate drinkers (43%) at follow-up compared with the residential group (4%). At six months follow-up, compared with the community group, more members of the residential group showed a clinically significant reduction in recent negative consequences of drinking and psychological adjustment problems. Both groups made significant mean gains on indices of alcohol abuse and psychosocial adjustment but there were important intergroup differences. The residential group showed a greater mean reduction in recent negative consequences from drinking but the community group showed a greater mean reduction in the percentage of days heavy drinking.
Funding Details: Other funder
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright (published version): The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice 2003
Keywords: Alcohol treatment programmes;Irish alcohol treatment programmes;Residential intervention programmes;Community-based intervention programmes;Family-based intervention programmes.;Alcohol treatment effectiveness.
DOI: 10.1111/1467-6427.00233
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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