Even if there's nothing truly innovative here, this brief explanation of a multidisciplinary program (established by the...

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Even if there's nothing truly innovative here, this brief explanation of a multidisciplinary program (established by the Johnson Institute and now operative in three private general hospitals in Minnesota and Nebraska) to rehabilitate alcoholics should be practicable and therapeutic. As is the program which has been 52% successful initially while half of the recidivists have returned to be ultimately cured or rather arrested -- the right word. The regimen consists of four weeks of intensive inpatient care and a two-year follow-up. As Johnson explains, there is no alcoholic personality although the disease creates a uniform profile as the alcoholic proceeds from that first pleasant social drink to dependence and manifests rigid defenses, delusions, guilt, remorse, denial, etc. Early intervention increases the likelihood of cure and the treatment consists of A.A. based lectures, group therapy, individual conferences, with the spiritual dynamics of ""forgiveness"" a stepping-stone. The appendix gives the whole apparatus, questionnaires, and so on for use by patients or personnel who are no doubt already familiar with this approach since it incorporates the general techniques in use.

Pub Date: July 11, 1973

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Publisher: Harper & Row

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1973