The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Psychosocial support for recovering alcohol-dependent patients

    As part of an integrative program there are three options for psychosocial support.

    They include cognitive behavioral coping skills therapy (CBT), motivational enhancement therapy (MET), and 12-step facilitation (TSF). Each is discussed as part of an integrated approach to the management of recovering alcohol-dependent patients in a review by Louise Epperson, MSN, CRNP published in the journal Advanced Studies in Nursing.

    With respect to efficacy, the Project MATCH Research Group states that “in the outpatient setting there appears to be a temporary advantage to assigning individuals to CBT or TSF rather than MET. When there is a need to quickly reduce heavy drinking and alcohol-related consequences, it appears that CBT or TSF should be the treatment of choice.”

    7/5/06 21:43 JR

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