Residential substance abuse treatment for Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives

Bentson H. McFarland, R. Dale Walker, Patricia Silk-Walker

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Although residential substance abuse treatment is utilized extensively by urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), there are few detailed descriptions of this care. This study delineated services provided by and interviewed staffworking at residential programs designed for chemically dependent urban AI/ANs. Study agencies were compared to national data from residential programs serving general population clients. Study agencies delivered arrays of services substantially broader than those provided by general population programs. As well as culturally specific programs tailored for AI/ANs plus so-called "mainstream" substance abuse treatments, study facilities provided numerous ancillary services, such as care for clients' children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-106
Number of pages46
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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