American Indian/Alaska Native alcohol-related incarceration and treatment

Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res. 2006;13(3):1-22. doi: 10.5820/aian.1303.2006.1.


American Indian/Alaska Natives have high rates of alcohol-related arrests and are overrepresented in justice systems. To understand the relationship between alcohol dependence, treatment, and alcohol-related incarceration, this study queried American Indian/Alaska Natives currently in remission from alcohol dependence. Participants reported receiving 0 to 43 treatment experiences. Moreover, participants had a significantly greater number of alcohol-related incarcerations than all other treatments combined. These findings underline the importance of making alcohol treatment available within criminal justice settings.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / ethnology*
  • Alcoholism / rehabilitation*
  • American Native Continental Ancestry Group* / ethnology
  • American Native Continental Ancestry Group* / psychology
  • American Native Continental Ancestry Group* / statistics & numerical data
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Crime / psychology*
  • Crime / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • New Mexico
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Rehabilitation / methods
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sex Distribution
  • United States / epidemiology