From the March 1973 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Spiritual and Federal Program

A unique treatment program for alcoholics geared to the cultural idiosyncrasies of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Indians is in progress in Clinton, Okla. The program is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the director and originator is Bernard S. Albaugh.

The goal is to stimulate a "spiritual awakening" using principles and rituals of the Native American Church and other practices taken from the Indian cultural heritage. For example, Indian sweat lodges still in use by tribal leaders in the area are used to symbolically clean out "evil spirits and sickness." The program includes lectures on native customs, beliefs, and vows given by elderly Indians who have gone through the rituals of their own tribes and are qualified to be chiefs and head men.

-- Physician's Alcohol Newsletter

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