Patient-treatment matching for alcoholic men in communication skills versus cognitive-behavioral mood management training

Damaris J. Rohsenow, Peter M. Monti, Jody A. Binkoff, Michael R. Liepman, Ted D. Nirenberg, David B. Abrams

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It would be helpful to be able to predict which alcoholics will be more likely to benefit from specific forms of treatment in order to optimize treatment resources. Certain hypothesized patient-treatment matching predictions were investigated with 52 alcoholics who received either communication skills training or cognitive behavioral mood management training in addition to a standard Veterans Administration inpatient alcoholism treatment program. Significant interaction effects showed that alcoholics had worse treatment outcomes in mood management training if they had higher initial anxiety or urge to drink in high-risk role plays or lower education. No significant interaction of treatment with irrational beliefs or marital status was found. Communication skills training seemed to be equally effective for alcoholics at any educational level, irrespective of initial coping skill, anxiety, urge to drink, alcohol dependence, or marital status. Thus, although mood management training seems to be as effective as communication skills training for alcoholics with higher education, less anxiety, and less urge to drink, communication skills training benefits a broader spectrum of patients, regardless of initial level of education, alcohol dependence, skill, anxiety, or beliefs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-69
Number of pages7
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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