Integration of self-guidance groups for relatives in a public program of alcoholism treatment

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Author list: Jurado Barba R
Publisher: Socidrogalcohol
Publication year: 2013
Journal: Adicciones -Palma de Mallorca- (0214-4840)
Volume number: 25
Issue number: 1
Start page: 37
End page: 44
Number of pages: 8
ISSN: 0214-4840
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Abstract

Interventions with relatives of alcohol-dependent patients have shown
effectiveness in engaging unmotivated patients into treatment. The
Federation of ex-alcoholics, in the Community of Madrid, has a network
of self-help centers (Centers to Promote Psychosocial Alternatives
against Addictions, CPAA) spread throughout the Madrid's region where
alcohol-dependent patients and their families receive attention. The aim
of this study was to demonstrate that the integration of these
facilities could improve the psychological condition of the relatives
and the outcome on the patients' treatment. 188 patients attending the
treatment program at "Hospital 12 de Octubre" and their relatives were
randomized into two groups: Group A (n=94) (Standard program for
patients and relatives delivered at our facility) and Group B (n=94)
(where patients were treated with the standard program in our facilities
and relatives attended a family group intervention at the CPAA) After
12 weeks, the CPAA conditions were significantly more effective than our
standard program in improving psychological distress of relatives and
in engaging patients into treatment. Patients belonging to group B had
fewer drinking days during the treatment period. Our results support
that psychological interventions delivered at CPAA centers are useful in
improving psychological conditions of alcoholic patients' relatives
than when undertaking the public alcoholism program. This intervention
also improves outcome of alcoholic patients. The integration of these
centers within public alcoholism treatment programs could provide a new
way to treat alcoholism, based on collaboration of public facilities and
patient associations.


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