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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