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Alcohol addiction, bulimia and spirituality : A portfolio of evaluation research and practice

Buabeng, F. K. (2007). Alcohol addiction, bulimia and spirituality : A portfolio of evaluation research and practice. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


The Minnesota Model of treatment for alcohol addiction is a common intervention that is widely employed in the UK. Despite its popularity, outcome evaluations of this approach are scarce. This study describes the Minnesota Model alcohol addiction treatment programme that is delivered at a non-statutory organisation in the UK and presents findings from an evaluation of its outcomes. A single-group quasi-experimental pre-post design is employed that includes a no treatment and partial treatment control group. The study population comprised all clients (n~478) who were assessed at the organisation between May 2001 and October 2005. All potential participants were contacted to obtain their informed consent. In total, 137 participants agreed to take part in the study and baseline information was obtained from archived pre-treatment assessment data. Of these participants, there are three groups of clients who varied in their level of engagement with the organisation. GROUP A were assessed but did not participate further (n=I8); GROUP B began the programme but were discharged for various reasons (n=31); and, GROUP C completed the treatment programme (n=55). Outcome measures include drinking and non-drinking outcomes. Results show a highly significant (p<0.0001) association between completion of treatment and continued abstinence. At post-treatment follow-up of one to three or more years, 58% of participants completing the programme, reported continuous abstinence from all psychoactive substances. This constituted a mean follow-up period of2.07 years for participants completing treatment. These findings are exciting and unparalleled in the alcohol addiction treatment outcome literature.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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