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Use of clergy services among individuals seeking treatment for alcohol use problems.

Bohnert AS, Perron BE, Jarman CN, Vaughn MG, Chatters LM, Taylor RJ. Use of clergy services among individuals seeking treatment for alcohol use problems. The American journal on addictions / American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions. 2010 Jul 1; 19(4):345-51.

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This study examined the prevalence and characteristics of adults with an alcohol use-related problem who receive clergy services. Data come from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. Among persons who sought any services for alcohol-related problems (n = 1,910), 14.7% reported using clergy services. In a multivariable logistic regression model, factors associated with increased likelihood of service use included being Black, aged 35-54 years, a lifetime history of alcohol dependence, major depressive disorder, and personality disorder. Clergy may benefit from training to identify alcohol use problems and serve an important role in making treatment referrals.

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