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NCJ Number: 69414 Find in a Library
Title: ARE COURT REFERRALS EFFECTIVE? - JUDICIAL COMMITMENT FOR CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA
Author(s): J C LAUNDERGAN; J W SPICER; M L KAMMEIER
Corporate Author: Hazelden Research and Evaluation Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Hazelden Educational Materials
Center City, MN 55012
Hazelden Research and Evaluation Dept
Center City, MN 55012
Sale Source: Hazelden Educational Materials
Box 176
15251 Pleasant Valley Road
Center City, MN 55012
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY SOUGHT TO DETERMINE HOW PATIENTS, REFERRED BY THE COURTS, WERE DOING AFTER ALCOHOLIC TREATMENT AT HAZELDEN REHABILITATION CENTER IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINN.
Abstract: THE STUDY USED THE SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC RECORDS AND THE 12-MONTH POSTTREATMENT QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES FROM 288 PATIENTS COMMITTED TO HAZELDEN DURING 1974-75 BY THE COUNTY COURTS. DATA FROM THESE RECORDS WERE CONTRASTED WITH THOSE FOR 2,662 NONCOMMITTED PATIENTS. THE COMMITTED PATIENT GROUP CONSISTED OF 222 MALES AND 66 FEMALES, WHILE HAZELDEN'S NONCOMMITTED GROUP CONSISTED OF 1,881 MALES AND 781 FEMALES. IT WAS FOUND THAT MORE COMMITTED PATIENTS WERE YOUNGER, OF CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE, MARRIED, AND WORKING EITHER IN SKILLED OCCUPATIONS OR UNEMPLOYED THAN NONCOMMITTED PATIENTS. APPROXIMATELY HALF OF THE COMMITTED AND NONCOMMITTED PATIENTS REPORTED TOTAL ABSTINENCE FROM ALCOHOL FOR THE 12 MONTHS FOLLOWING DISCHARGE FROM TREATMENT. SOCIAL AND INDIVIDUAL FUNCTIONING, SUCH AS RELATIONSHIPS WITH FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, WAS COMPARABLE FOR BOTH CATEGORIES OF PATIENTS. POST-TREATMENT ARRESTS WERE SIMILAR WITH 90 PERCENT OF THE COMMITTED AND 91 PERCENT OF THE NONCOMMITTED PATIENTS REPORTING NO ARRESTS DURING THE YEAR AFTER TREATMENT. FINALLY, BOTH PATIENT GROUPS REPORTED A SIMILAR HIGH LEVEL OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS INVOLVEMENT. THE STUDY CONCLUDED THAT COMMITTED PATIENTS WERE IMPROVED BOTH COMPARATIVELY AND IN AN ABSOLUTE SENSE AT 12 MONTHS AFTER THEIR TREATMENT AND THAT COMMITMENT FOR CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY CAN WORK. TABLES AND FIVE REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Alcoholism treatment programs; Comparative analysis; Drug offenders; Judicial decisions; Minnesota; Referral services; Voluntary treatment
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