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Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 1992;18(2):223-34.

Treatment compliance after detoxification among highly disadvantaged alcoholics.

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Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York 10016.


An outcome study was carried out on a series of 109 highly disadvantaged alcoholics discharged from the detoxification unit of a large municipal hospital in New York City. We examined the impact of a variety of clinical and demographic factors on retention in the initial phases of outpatient and inpatient treatment following discharge. Both high school completion and a history of at least 6 months of employment in the two years preceding admission correlated with frequency of registration for continued aftercare. Measurements of cognitive flexibility correlated with frequency of aftercare completion. An association strongly approaching significance was also found between length of hospital stay and aftercare completion. Some suggestions are made as to the assessment and aftercare planning for highly disadvantaged alcoholics.

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