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No Carrot, No Stick

The key to treating ghetto alcoholics is understanding that they don't aspire to sobriety, according to a New York psychiatrist. Caught in a morass of poverty and squalor, they find in alcohol a natural escape from the conditions in which they live, and attempts to moralize about the virtues of sobriety will succeed only in losing them as patients, [said] Dr. Harvey Bluestone, director of the Department of Psychiatry at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center.

"Becoming a sober, productive, useful member of society has no priority at all with our patients," said Dr. Bluestone,... Login to read more
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