Evaluation as a Tool for Therapeutic Planning
In the past 150 years, there has been an increasing emphasis on the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of alcoholism. In reviewing the history of this progress, it becomes self-evident that the treatment of choice for the alcoholic individual is invariably related to the theoretical framework in which the problem is defined. In the 17th century, for example, intemperate drinking was simplistically viewed as some form of moral weakness. With this unicausal attitude, most “treatment” approaches employed physical punishment, incarceration, and/ or social condemnation.
KeywordsDrinking Behavior Personal Control Drinking Problem Drinking Pattern Physical Punishment
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