Toward a Model for Alcohol Rehabilitation of Urban Minorities

  • Susan W. Reed


Most alcohol treatment programs pattern themselves, consciously or unconsciously, after successful models, such as the Smithers Foundation, Lutheran General, Hazelden, or the Johnson Institute. These programs serve a primary population of educated, middle class, often white alcoholics. In contrast, West Side VA serves a basically black (67%), inner city population. 55% are single; 65% are unemployed; and 40% are unskilled. Therefore, inherent in our philosophy and treatment planning is a sense of urgent resposibility to address the problems that are related to our patients’ poorly developed social support systems.


Primary Population Social Support System Black Ghetto Urban Minority City Program 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan W. Reed
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  1. 1.West Side VA HospitalUSA

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