Loss identification in the treatment of alcoholism

Thomas F. McGovern

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    A variety of losses are clinically associated with the disease alcoholism. This article classifies the losses identified by an alcoholic population undergoing treatment and examines the effect of treatment on the process of loss identification. The enhanced loss awareness reported at the conclusion of treatment suggests the presence of a grieving process which can be distinguished from the depressive states commonly associated with alcoholism.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)95-96
    Number of pages2
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 1986


    • Alcoholism
    • Denial
    • Depressive states
    • External losses
    • Grieving process
    • Internal loss
    • Loss awareness
    • Spiritual loss


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