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UAB Investigates Whether Supportive Educational Modules Help Stabilize Recovered Problem Drinkers

Self-guided attempts to resolve drinking problems are common, but little is known about the processes by which lower-intensity supportive interventions might promote resolution. Dr. Kerstin E. Schroder, associate professor in the department of health behavior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health– along with Dr. Jalie S. Tucker, professor and chair, and Dr. Cathy A. Simpson, associate professor – examined how brief supportive educational modules delivered as part of an interactive voice response self-monitoring (IVR SM) system helped to stabilize self-initiated recovery among otherwise untreated recently recovered problem drinkers. The IVR SM consisted of a computer-automated telephone-based survey designed to accept calls from study participants and to record reports of drinking, urges to drink, and drug use on a daily basis.