Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[The role of self-help groups in the treatment of alcoholism]


APRIL 30, 2015

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2015;28(02)

[Alcoholism is one of the best-known addictions. The results of both international and national surveys illustrate the health consequences of the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, and its link with alcoholic disease and the associated dangers, but we still find a high proportion of people who show unrestrained consumption. Is there a genuine desire to recover, is there motivation, and where should one look for help? Such assistance could take the form of a self-help group, where addicts who want to quit, those in the various stages of recovery, or those who have already recovered, can meet up. The aim is to achieve and maintain abstinence, and prevent a relapse. The author presents the process and benefits of self-help, from the perspective of addiction. Her study proves that the treatment of alcoholism requires a complex approach, and one in which we can ascribe a key role to self-help groups.]



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