The Stop Spinning My Wheels Project

Rychtarik | Danaher | McGillicuddy | Barrick
Researchers will continue to develop and assess web-based programs to help women learn essential coping skills for living with a partner who has an alcohol use disorder.

Nearly 1 in 20 adult women in the U.S. are married to or living with an alcoholic or problem drinking partner. As a result, these individuals experience significant psychological and physical distress, utilize health care services to a greater degree than spouses of non-problem drinkers, and incur overall higher healthcare costs. Improving their own physical and psychological health is important in its own right, but also may help facilitate partner drinking reduction, and buffer the negative effects of the partner's drinking on their children. However, institutional, psychological and socioeconomic barriers discourage these women from seeking help, and when they do seek help, the newer, empirically tested services are not within their reach. Novel, alternate delivery models are needed to overcome the barriers, and provide easy access to empirically evaluated services.

The Stop Spinning My Wheels project is evaluating, in a randomized clinical trial, three different approaches to providing easy access, online help for women living with a problem drinker.  For more information about joining the project, visit

Principal Investigators
Robert G. Rychtarik, PhD
Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions

Brian Danaher, PhD
University of Oregon

Christopher Barrick, PhD
Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions

Neil B. McGillicuddy, PhD
Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions

Funding Agency
National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA)

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