Behavioral Treatment Methods for Alcoholism

  • Glenn R. Caddy
  • Trudy Block
Part of the Recent Developments in Alcoholism book series (RDIA, volume 1)


This chapter offers a review of the behavioral methodology directed to the treatment of alcoholism. Beginning with an outline of the theoretical bases of behavior therapy and assessment, a review with some historical perspective is undertaken of the chemical, electrical, and covert aversion treatments of alcoholism. Thereafter, the procedures of the social skills- training strategies (including marital skills and assertiveness training) are presented, followed by a discussion of the relaxation and desensitization techniques. The operant methodologies are illustrated by contingency contracting and the community-reinforcement approaches. Within the broad-spectrum procedures, a description of self-control training and an example of a broad- spectrum treatment study are offered. It is noted that although the merits of these various techniques are becoming widely recognized in the alcoholism treatment literature, the behavior therapeutic approaches to alcoholism have yet to receive widespread public acceptance. It is anticipated that future studies of treatment effectiveness will contribute to an increasing appreciation of the advantages of behavioral therapies to the management of alcohol abuse and dependence.


Drinking Behavior Problem Drinker Alcoholic Patient Consult Clin Psychol Alcoholism Treatment 
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  • Glenn R. Caddy
    • 1
  • Trudy Block
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNova UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA

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