ILLINOIS TO OPEN FIRST HOSPITAL TO TREAT ALCOHOLICS


A state hospital devoted to the treatment of chronic alcoholism will he opened within a few weeks as a branch of the Chicago State Hospital, Rodney H. Brandon, director of public welfare for the State, announced yesterday. It will be the first such institution in the history of Illinois.
 
The hospital will be headed by Dr. Conrad Sommer, chief medical officer for the welfare department, and his staff will include members of Alcoholics Anonymous, a national group which has been successful in reforming others through group therapy.
 
The methods of treatment will combine medical skill with the psychotherapeutic methods of Alcoholics Anonymous. Such an experiment, Brandon said, has been tried at the Manteno State Hospital during the last few months, with nearly twice as many released patients making satisfactory readjustments to normal life as previously.

The Chicago Tribune  March 31, 1943


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