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Monday, March 10, 2008

Can Recovering Drug Addicts Drink?

Written by William L. White, MA
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

The essay briefly noted a period in the history of therapeutic communities when clients (mostly recovering heroin addicts) could earn “drinking privileges” during the later stages of their treatment. The number of resulting emails regarding this practice and their pointed questions and animated comments suggested the need to elaborate on this fascinating chapter in the history of treatment. The twin purposes of this article are to recount the evolving policies toward alcohol within therapeutic communities and to offer reflections on the lessons that can be extracted from this interesting footnote in the history of addiction treatment and recovery in America.

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