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Alcoholism and Probation

NCJ Number
Federal Probation Volume: 51 Issue: 2 Dated: special issue (June 1987) Pages: 33-39
R M Cork
Date Published
7 pages
Probation officers, as members of the community and through their own services, can play a vital part in rehabilitating alcoholics.
First, probation officers must recognize the alcoholic type. The person is defensive, hostile, basically insecure, and excessively dependent. Dependency is manifested in denial of need for help, lack of trust, the belittling of dependency in others, overreaction to authority, excessive talkativeness, excessive demands, confused conceptions of self-worth, destructive dominant emotions, sexual conflict, and an inability to break with parents and face reality. Probation officers working with alcoholics should devise realistic goals and treatment plans. Officers must encourage alcoholic probationers to grow emotionally and learn to cope with adult reality. Officers must use other community resources and other professional people and must encourage the spouses of alcoholics to find and use help.