Data are reported from three Alaska Native alcohol counselors, each of whom was the first trained practitioner in this occupational role in their home regions in rural Alaska. The research findings support an approach to alcohol program development at considerable variance with the conventional Western "medical" model of alcoholism, which advocates use of various formal treatment modalities. The research effort reported here was initiated during 1981-1982 at the request of the agency administering the program under study. The agency explicitly recognized its responsibility to share the results of its efforts with other alcoholism programs.
Available upon request at the Alaska Medical Library, located on the second floor of UAA/APU Consortium Library. Ask for accession no. 101963.