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Primer 4

Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems (hyperlink to this) identified the following active ingredients of effective alcohol treatment after a review of research literature and consultation with a variety of treatment professionals:

  • Early detection, including screening and brief interventions (for non-dependent problem drinkers)
  • Comprehensive assessment and individualized treatment plan
  • Care management
  • Individually delivered, proven professional interventions
  • Contracting with patients
  • Social skills training
  • Medications
  • Specialized services for medical, psychiatric, employment or family problems
  • Continuing care
  • Strong bond with therapist or counselor
  • Longer duration (for alcohol dependent persons)
  • Participation in support groups
  • Strong patient motivation

(Adapted from the July 14, 2003 e-newsletter of Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, http://www.ensuringsolutions.org, and used with the permission of Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, The George Washington University Medical Center)



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Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.