Court‐Ordered Alcohol Treatment for Patients With Medical Problems

Claudia Steiner, Dennis Lezotte, Patricia Gabow

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The authors performed a retrospective analysis of medical records and death certificates for 99 consecutive patients who had an alcohol‐related medical problem that prompted a petition for court‐ordered alcohol treatment. Ninety percent voluntarily participated in initial evaluation. Two appeared to be alcoholfree 6 months after treatment. The number of alcohol‐related hospital visits was not different before and after intervention. Death certificates revealed that at least 12% of the patients had died within 2 years of the petition. Court‐ordered alcohol treatment for patients for serious medical sequelae of alcoholism does not appear to be successful. 1995 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalThe American Journal on Addictions
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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