Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 365–382

Clients in Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Treatment Experiencesand Outcomes

  • Richard G. Finkbiner
  • Gayle A. Wisdom

DOI: 10.1023/A:1007695824811

Cite this article as:
Finkbiner, R.G. & Wisdom, G.A. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment (2000) 22: 365. doi:10.1023/A:1007695824811


This report presents an analysis of National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study data describing the characteristics and treatment experiences of clients entering treatment for alcohol problems. Three client groups were contrasted—those entering treatment for alcohol only, for alcohol plus other drugs, or for other drugs only. Clients using alcohol only were more often white, male, and currently employed. Alcohol only clients were treated predominantly in outpatient settings. Alcohol only clients were frequently referred to treatment by the criminal justice system, and less often self-referred. In all 3 study groups, employment, general health, and mental health outcomes were improved following treatment. Illicit drug use increased marginally for the alcohol only group following treatment. No significant posttreatment reductions in reports of total abstinencefrom alcohol were found for any of the groups. Findings are discussed as they relate to research, treatment practice, and policyareas.

alcohol K@EYWORD = outcomestreatmentdrug use

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard G. Finkbiner
    • 1
  • Gayle A. Wisdom
  1. 1.Caliber AssociatesUSA