Aftercare in Alcoholism Treatment

A Review
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (ABBI, volume 13)


Successful treatment of a chronic condition, such as alcohol dependence, often involves extended rehabilitation. As such, the goal of rehabilitation is to move the patient back into normalized interpersonal and community life. Alcohol dependence, like other addictive behaviors, poses a special challenge to the treatment community. Treatment programs are successful in helping patients achieve sobriety, but are often less successful in helping patients maintain sobriety. Alcohol dependence has a rate of recidivism second only to schizophrenia (National Institute of Mental Health, 1973) and has a high rate of relapse following treatment (Hunt, Barnett, & Branch, 1971; Litman, Eiser, & Taylor, 1979). This suggests that inpatient treatment may be necessary but not sufficient for full recovery. In fact, Hunt, Barnett, and Branch’s (1971) data indicate that patients are at great risk for relapse in the first month following inpatient discharge.


Alcohol Dependence Inpatient Treatment Community Mental Health Center Alcohol Treatment Drinking Status 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Health Services Research and DevelopmentSeattle Veterans Administration Medical CenterSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  4. 4.Alcohol Dependence Treatment ProgramSeattle Veterans Administration Medical CenterSeattleUSA

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