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Study: Alcohol, drug abuse counselors don't always require total abstinence

(11/6/2012)

Study: Alcohol, drug abuse counselors don't always require total abstinence
Medical Xpress

November 2, 2012

Compared to a survey conducted nearly 20 years ago, about twice the proportion of addiction counselors now find it acceptable for at least some of their patients to have a drink occasionally – either as an intermediate goal or as their final treatment goal, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association.  About 50 percent of the respondents said it would be acceptable if some of their clients who abused alcohol wanted to limit their drinking but not totally give up alcohol. In the earlier survey published in 1994, about 25 percent of the responding administrators of substance abuse treatment agencies found moderate drinking acceptable for some of their clients.

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Keywords: study, alcohol, drug abuse, counselors, abstinence



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