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Treated and untreated alcohol-use disorders: course and predictors of remission and relapse.

Moos RH, Moos BS. Treated and untreated alcohol-use disorders: course and predictors of remission and relapse. Evaluation Review. 2007 Dec 1; 31(6):564-84.

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The research described here focused on personal, life context, and help-related factors to trace the long-term course of treated and untreated alcohol-use disorders. A group of 461 individuals who sought help for alcohol problems was surveyed at baseline and 1, 3, 8, and 16 years later. Compared with individuals who remained untreated, individuals who entered treatment and/or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and participated in these modalities for a longer interval, were more likely to attain remission. Personal resources associated with social learning, stress and coping, behavior economic, and social control theories predicted the maintenance of remission.

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