Alcoholics' evaluations of alcoholism treatment

Alisdair Mackenzie, Richard P. Allen

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A sample of alcoholics who have considerable experience as participants in alcoholism treatment are interviewed for their recommendations and criticisms of treatment. Inpatient Milieu and Alcoholics Anonymous were the most frequent choices of treatments considered beneficial. Among treatments not recommended were specific inpatient facilities. Our subjects' evaluations are compared with published reviews of treatment outcome studies. The relationships between treatment preferences, subject outcomes, and treatment resource use are analyzed. Our subjects view inpatient treatment as appropriate for dealing with the more extreme consequences of heavy drinking, but detoxification only is seen as inadequate. Advice and companionship were considered to be the most beneficial aspects of Alcoholics Anonymous. We anticipate that our results will assist in planning treatment programs that will be effective, and attractive to clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2003


  • Alcoholics' evaluations of treatment
  • Alcoholism treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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