In 1995 or so, the City of Gallup, New Mexico opened a new facility to work on the chronic public inebriation problem there. This was an innovation. Prior to that (and as many places still do) public drunkenness resulted in arrests and jailing. I haven’t been able to find analysis of how well or poorly such a center works. I know Fairbanks has tried to institute something similar. At least, this newsclip offers a phone number for folks to follow-up with.

Does anyone know of studies which have evaluated the 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous program for non-middle class or non-Euro-American populations or for women?

(I highly recommend reading the important book by James P. Spradley, an anthropologist. Originally published in 1970, it is a participant-observer report on the culture of Skid Road, Seattle.)
You Owe Yourself a Drunk: An Ethnography of Urban Nomads
# Publisher: Little, Brown (1970), ASIN: B0006C2SIO
# Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc (1999), ISBN-10: 1577660854, ISBN-13: 978-1577660859

Sobering center up and running

Santa Fe County’s new sobering center, which has accepted 55 clients since it opened in late November, gets referrals from St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

So far, nine clients have been repeats.

At the center, which has 10 beds for men and five for women, clients can stay as long as five days.

They are encouraged to participate in 12-step meetings and consider going into treatment.

Four clients have been referred to the Santa Fe Recovery Center, the county’s only publicly funded inpatient treatment center.

Call 995-9550 for more information.