Programming Alcoholism Treatment: Historical Trends

  • Raymond M. Costello


The presentation is prefaced by the comment that the work being looked at is not so much the author’s but observation of work done by others. It is compiled of 20+ years work looking for elusive pieces to an intriguing and complex puzzle. With the exception of one document, the author’s own, the articles for discussion belong to others. Fifty-eight manuscripts dated from 1951 to 1973 and representing the work of investigators in seven countries, have been collected. Thirty-four from the United States, 12 from England, six from Canada, three from Scotland and one each from Ireland, Netherlands and South Africa. The articles all represent descriptions and simple outcome evaluations of alcoholism treatment projects. Some of the projects are grand attempts at comprehensive treatment programming involving large numbers of clients, much money, intense staff effort and multiple therapeutic components. Others are projects of lesser scale involving few clients, limited staff, and a particular therapeutic strategy of special interest to the investigators. The empirical methodologies ranged from widely detailed overworked statisitcal ventures to cursory frequency tabulations.


Alcoholic Patient Chronic Alcoholism Exclusionary Criterion Alcoholism Treatment Hallucinogenic Drug 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond M. Costello
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  1. 1.Alcoholism Treatment MitSan AntonioUSA

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