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Int J Addict. 1994 Sep;29(11):1487-94.

Increasing alcoholic patients' aftercare attendance.

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  • 1VA West Side Medical Center, University of Illinois Medical School, Chicago.


Of a sample of 100 patients on an inpatient alcohol rehab unit, 50 were assigned to a weekly group therapy session in the aftercare clinic. Those inpatients with aftercare clinic exposure prior to discharge were more likely to return for aftercare. In a second study of 100 inpatients the effect of having a counselor who would continue to follow them in aftercare was explored. Half the sample had a counselor whose primary assignment was in the aftercare clinic and thus could work with them on a continuing basis. The other half had a counselor whose primary assignment was on the inpatient unit and would not be able to continue with them. Counselor continuity had no impact on aftercare follow through.

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