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Addict Behav. 2011 Jun;36(6):624-9. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2010.11.012. Epub 2010 Nov 28.

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

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Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, 60 Musk Ave., Kelvin Grove, Qld 4059, Australia.


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.

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