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Research Article  |   January 1983
The Role of the Occupational Therapist Treatment of Alcoholism
Author Affiliations
  • Wanda P. Lindsay, OTR, is staff therapist, Alcoholism Treatment Unit, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, and an Occupational Therapy Consultant specializing in alcoholism
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Mental Health / Features
Research Article   |   January 1983
The Role of the Occupational Therapist Treatment of Alcoholism
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1983, Vol. 37, 36-43. doi:10.5014/ajot.37.1.36
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1983, Vol. 37, 36-43. doi:10.5014/ajot.37.1.36
Abstract

This paper presents brief information on the incidence of alcoholism, its effects on physiological and psychosocial dysfunction, and the disease concept. More detailed information is provided on a treatment program designed to meet the special needs of the alcoholic patient, and the integral role of the occupational therapist in this program is explained. Patients are given support to accept the chronic disease of alcoholism, are taught skills needed to maintain sobriety, have opportunities to begin utilizing resources for sobriety, and are assisted in regaining a sense of self-worth.