Relapse among alcoholics with phobic and panic symptoms

Lynda Paulson LaBounty, Dorothy Hatsukami, Steven F. Morgan, Lianne Nelson

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A group of 35 alcoholics who indicated they had symptoms of phobia, panic, or both (the anxiety problem group) were compared to their matched controls who did not indicate having anxiety problems. Comparisons of relapse rates, reasons for relapse, and rates of emotional problems at six months posttreatment were made. Results showed that although relapse rates were similar between the two groups, significantly more anxious subjects reported relapsing to cope with depression and experiencing problems with nervousness, tension, and anger posttreatment. Implications for treatment and the need for further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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