College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

The Erudite Transient

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1974

Keywords

Alcohol Drinking, Alcoholism and Rehabilitation, Costs and Cost Analysis, Follow-Up Studies, Hospitalization, Life Style, Socialization, Income

Publication Title

International Journal of Social Psychiatry

ISSN

0020-7640

Volume

20

Issue/No.

3-4

Abstract

Followed a male alcoholic transient for 2 yrs, during which he was incarcerated in 61 hospital and jail facilities at a cost of $11,543. The most costly incarcerations occurred at hospitals in large cities. An interview with the S revealed how he functionally utilized his transient life style. Considering the high cost of processing the alcoholic through the "revolving door," a new rehabilitation method is proposed-socialization, rather than resocialization. A final suggestion concerns the creation of "mini-societies" specifically designed to meet the needs of the population they serve.

DOI

10.1177/002076407402000309