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An Educational Program to Increase Elective Use of Disulfiram Treatment

  • Anne-Marie Deutsch
  • Vitali Rozynko

Abstract

As a widely used pharmacological treatment for alcohol abuse, disulfiram (commonly called by its trade name, Antabuse) has been demonstrated to be effective in temporarily helping alcoholics refrain from drinking (Lundwall and Baekeland, 1971). The value of disulfiram is due to the adverse physical effects which occur when the drug is combined with alcohol; a patient who takes disulfiram regularly knows that drinking any form of alcoholic beverage will cause feelings of nausea, lowered blood pressure, palpitations, headache, and intense anxiety. When disulfiram is administered on a voluntary basis, it has the potential of being a powerful self-control device because it gives the problem drinker the freedom to make only one decision a day; that is, to take his or her disulfiram tablet. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of disulfiram is limited by the fact that patients choose not to use it or neglect to take it after it has been prescribed. It has been suggested that patient education be the preferred method of increasing patient use of disulfiram (Lubetkin, Rivers and Rosenberg, 1971). The present paper is a description of one such educational approach being developed at a Veterans Administration Hospital alcohol treatment program.

Keywords

Alcoholic Beverage Alcohol Treatment Liquor Store Intense Anxiety Dangerous Side Effect 
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References

  1. Lubetkin, B.S., Rivers, P.C. and Rosenberg, C.M. 1971. Difficulties in disulfiram therapy with alcoholics. Quarterly Journal of Studies in Alcoholism. 32: 168–171.Google Scholar
  2. Lundwall, L and Baekeland, F. 1971. Disulfiram treatment of alcoholism: a review. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 153: 381–393.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne-Marie Deutsch
    • 1
  • Vitali Rozynko
    • 1
  1. 1.V.A. HospitalPalo AltoUSA

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