Medicine: Halfway Houses for Alcoholics

A bootcamp approach for middle-class patients

Wealthy alcoholics have spas that offer tennis, maid service—and fees of $10,000 or more a month. Poor tipplers get help through Medicaid or at free faculties run by the Salvation Army. But where is the middle-class sufferer to go? Though college-educated professionals or managerial people account for a sizable portion of the nation's estimated 10 million alcoholics, white-collar drinkers traditionally have had to fight their addiction while coping with everyday life, a daunting task even with the aid of groups like Alcoholics Anonymous.

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