© 1978

Practical Approaches to Alcoholism Psychotherapy

  • Sheldon Zimberg
  • John Wallace
  • Sheila B. Blume

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Theoretical Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sheldon Zimberg
      Pages 3-18
    3. John Wallace
      Pages 31-43
  3. Techniques of Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Sheldon Zimberg
      Pages 47-62
    3. Sheila B. Blume
      Pages 77-97
    4. Celia Dulfano
      Pages 119-136
    5. Donald P. Howard, Nancy T. Howard
      Pages 137-162
    6. L. A. Alibrandi
      Pages 163-180
  4. Treatment of Specific Populations of Alcoholics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. John S. Tamerin
      Pages 183-203
    3. Sheldon Zimberg
      Pages 237-251
  5. Clinical Evaluation of Patient Progress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Douglas K. Chalmers, John Wallace
      Pages 255-277

About this book


Sodetal attitudes toward alcoholism are characterized by several types of denial, with disastrous personal and sodal consequences. Refusal to admit the extent of alcoholism as a major national health problem leads to a public policy which allocates relatively few resources to research, prevention, treatment, or rehabilitation. On an individual basis, the combination of sodally approved drinking and the stigma assigned to the chronic alcoholic results in individuals blinding themselves to the existence of the problem in family, friend, and self until it has reached such an advanced or obvious degree that denial is no longer possible. There is the third kind of denial, exemplified by therapeutic de­ spair, which proclaims thatgaps in knowledge of the cause of alco­ holism are so great and failures to treat alcoholics successfully so dra­ matic that there is no assurance that efforts will lead to a positive outcome. This denial is perhaps the most troublesome because it re­ flects an attitude of therapeutic helplessness. It discourages families from seeking help, and it reinfOlces the tendency of physidans and other human-services workers to overlook the presence of alcoholism as they treat its physical, sodal, and economic consequences. Denial frequently surrounds those who treat alcoholics with an aura of hope­ lessness, which itself is a negative therapeutic force.


Therapeut alcohol prevention psychotherapy rehabilitation

Editors and affiliations

  • Sheldon Zimberg
    • 1
    • 2
  • John Wallace
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Sheila B. Blume
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
  1. 1.Hospital for Joint Diseases and Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Mount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Talbot HousePutnam County Alcoholism ServicesMahopacUSA
  4. 4.Hospital for Joint Diseases and Medical CenterUSA
  5. 5.The Rockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA
  6. 6.Charles K. Post Alcoholism Rehabilitation UnitCentral Islip Psychiatric CenterCentral IslipUSA
  7. 7.College of the Virgin IslandsSt. ThomasUSA
  8. 8.School of MedicineState University of New York of Stony BrookStony BrookUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Practical Approaches to Alcoholism Psychotherapy
  • Editors Sheldon Zimberg
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-40086-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4615-7654-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-7652-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 288
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychotherapy and Counseling
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