Topic: treatment models
An alcoholic can self-regulate consumption for periods given the support from a research project, but when that support ends, a return to previous behavior is likely.
If Project MATCH had it right, and all three work but none works significantly better than the others– then what’s all the argument about?
Pundits are always telling us that science proves this or that, but when we look closer, we find it proves neither.
Many clinicians don’t view addiction as a disease, which they believe relieves them of the need to learn much about its pathophysiology.
Where AA influences alcoholics toward sobriety through its peer culture, the gang down at the local pub is likely to encourage them to drink through its version of a peer culture.
Not everyone attaches the same meaning to a particular term. This problem pops up a lot in counseling, treatment, and similar settings.
Building the group model around that common experience, and change-specific tasks or goals, may increase the chances for a successful outcome.
One thing’s for sure: it’ll be popular, because your typical alcoholic would rather not quit if he could think of an alternative.