FAMILY COMPLIANCE TO A TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR ALCOHOLICS - A PROSPECTIVE-STUDY OF PROGNOSTIC FACTORS

Citation
S. Arico et al., FAMILY COMPLIANCE TO A TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR ALCOHOLICS - A PROSPECTIVE-STUDY OF PROGNOSTIC FACTORS, Alcohol and alcoholism, 29(6), 1994, pp. 679-685
Citations number
22
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Substance Abuse
Journal title
ISSN journal
0735-0414
Volume
29
Issue
6
Year of publication
1994
Pages
679 - 685
Database
ISI
SICI code
0735-0414(1994)29:6<679:FCTATP>2.0.ZU;2-S
Abstract
A total of 198 alcoholic subjects was recruited into a treatment progr amme according to Hudolin's method. The programme included three steps : (1) presentation of the programme to the alcoholic family (four meet ings); (2) a therapeutic community that met weekly over 4 months; and (3) attendance at an on-Treatment Alcoholic Club located close to the family's home residence (weekly self-conducted meetings). Data on the families' compliance to the treatment programme were obtained in Janua ry 1993 and the prognostic significance of 11 variables collected duri ng the first step was determined by the proportional hazards regressio n model. The cumulative proportion of family compliance after 40 month s was 36.4%, with similar drop-out rates at each of the three steps of the programme. The prognostic factor which was the major determinant of family compliance to treatment was the active presence of the whole family in the first step, while a good job performance was independen tly associated with family compliance, being a significant prognostic factor in the second step of the programme. Alcohol abstinence was obt ained in 35.9% of the whole study group. This programme provided resul ts for alcohol abstinence which are comparable with methods that requi re more expensive resources.