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The role of assisted self-help in services for alcohol-related disorders

Kavanagh, David J. & Proctor, Dawn M. (2010) The role of assisted self-help in services for alcohol-related disorders. Addictive Behaviours.

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Abstract

Potentially harmful substance use is common, but many affected people do not receive treatment. Brief face-to-face treatments show impact, as do strategies to assist self-help remotely, by using bibliotherapies, computers or mobile phones. Remotely delivered treatments offer more sustained and multifaceted support than brief interventions, and they show a substantial cost advantage as users increase in number. They may also build skills, confidence and treatment fidelity in providers who use them in sessions. Engagement and retention remain challenges, but electronic treatments show promise in engaging younger populations. Recruitment may be assisted by integration with community campaigns or brief opportunistic interventions. However, routine use of assisted self-help by standard services faces significant challenges. Strategies to optimize adoption are discussed. ----- -----

Research Highlights: ► Many people with risky or problematic drinking do not currently receive treatment. ► Assisted self-help has a significant impact and can be delivered at low cost. ► Maximal effects from assisted self-help require engagement of potential users. ► Marketing campaigns and integration into existing service models may assist.

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ID Code: 40378
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Internet Intervention, Online Treatment, Bibliotherapy, Alcohol Consumption, Alcohol-Related Disorders
DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2010.11.012
ISSN: 0306-4603
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2010 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 02 Mar 2011 08:00
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2011 00:57

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