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Coping Skills Program for Individuals with Alcoholism

Cynthia P. Carruthers, Colleen Deyell Hood


Effective coping skills are crucial to the recovery of individuals with alcoholism. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the development, implementation and evaluation of a theory based coping skills program for individuals with alcoholism. The program content was based on the Shiffman and Wills' (1985) Stress Program Process model. The program was designed to help clients effectively respond to conditions that contribute to negative affect, as well as create life enhancing experiences. The evaluation consisted of social validation, behavioral measures and therapist feedback. The results indicated that the goals and interventions were important to recovery, and most clients accomplished the program goals. This project may serve as one model for theory based programming and evaluation in therapeutic recreation.


Coping Skills Training, Alcoholism, Therapeutic Recreation, Program Evaluation, Theory Based Programs

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