Broadening the Base of Treatment for Alcohol Problems by Institute of Medicine, Committee on Treatment of Alcohol

By Institute of Medicine, Committee on Treatment of Alcohol Problems

During this congressionally mandated research, a professional committee of the Institute of drugs takes a detailed examine the place therapy for individuals with alcohol difficulties seems headed, and offers its most sensible recommendation on tips to get there. cautious attention is given to how the inventive progress of therapy can most sensible be inspired whereas protecting expenses inside average limits. specific realization is dedicated to the significance of constructing healing techniques which are delicate to the distinctive wishes of the numerous assorted teams represented between those that have built difficulties with regards to their use of "man's oldest good friend and oldest enemy." This publication is the main entire exam of alcohol therapy up to now.

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There is a natural and even laudable allegiance to concepts that have served well and faithfully over a long period of time. Although the current perspective is rich and does not lend itself well to a simple summary, it may be said with some justice that at present alcohol problems About this PDF file: This new digital representation of the original work has been recomposed from XML files created from the original paper book, not from the original typesetting files. Page breaks are true to the original; line lengths, word breaks, heading styles, and other typesetting-specific formatting, however, cannot be retained, and some typographic errors may have been accidentally inserted.

Which cannot be regarded as illnesses” (p. 35), and added that “all the remaining 19 letters of the Greek and if necessary other alphabets are available for labelling them” (p. 39). Jellinek also mentioned “other species of alcoholism” such as “explosive drinking” and “fiesta drinking,” with the admonition that “the student of the problems of alcohol cannot afford to overlook these behaviors, whether or not he is inclined to designate them as species of alcoholism” (p. 39). Finally, he observed that “By adhering strictly to our American ideas about ‘alcoholism' (created by Alcoholics Anonymous in their own image) and restricting the term to these ideas, we have been continuing to overlook many other problems of alcohol which need urgent attention” (Jellinek, 1960:35).

That is the fundamental recommendation of this report. A caveat should, however, be posted. Despite its commitment to its vision, the committee believes that further progress should be gradual rather than abrupt. Because what is proposed is an extension of, rather than a replacement for, what exists, the intent of the present report would be violated if it were used as an excuse for dismantling what is currently being done. Rather, the committee feels its vision should be used as a catalyst to inform and accelerate a process that has already begun.

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