The addition of a psychological intervention to a home detoxification programme

TitleThe addition of a psychological intervention to a home detoxification programme
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsAlwyn, T, John, B, Hodgson, RJ, Phillips, CJ
JournalAlcohol and Alcoholism
PublisherOxford Univ Press
Place PublishedUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0735-04141464-3502
KeywordsAlcohol Abuse, detoxification, Home Care, home detoxification programme, Interdisciplinary Treatment Approach, Intervention, problem drinkers treatment, psychological intervention, Psychotherapy

Aims: Home detoxification is a recognized method of treating problem drinkers within their own home environment. The aim of this research is to determine whether a relatively brief psychological intervention adds to its effectiveness. Methods: A pragmatic trial with 91 participants randomly assigned to either the psychological intervention or treatment as usual. Community Psychiatric Nurses were trained to administer the brief psychological intervention involving motivational interviewing, coping skills training and social support. A manual was developed in order to standardize the training and implementation. Results: At the 3 month and 12 month follow-up the psychological intervention resulted in significant positive changes in alcohol consumption, abstinent days, social satisfaction, self-esteem and alcohol-related problems. Further, a cost analysis confirmed that the psychological intervention was a ninth of the cost of inpatient treatment. Conclusions: Adding a psychological intervention to a home detoxification programme was successful and cost-effective. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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