Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Blanca-Rosa Egas

Second Advisor

Clarice Staff

Third Advisor

Joy Kliber


The purpose of this study is to collect and analyze information about the development of the Minnesota Model and its relationship with the Hazelden Foundation and Alcoholics Anonymous using research literature and the scheduled interviews. The literature search revealed information which questioned specific factors related to the model treatment outcomes, inpatient vs. outpatient, and the lack of social worker participation in the treatment of chemical dependency. The interviews were conducted with three key informants. The use of existing data supported the model but questioned the methodologies to obtain treatment outcomes. The interview findings showed the model’s main objective is to help alcoholics achieve sobriety. These professionals continue to make the changes needed to adapt to this country's widespread epidemic use of alcohol and drugs. The founders of the Minnesota Model continue to believe that chemical dependency is a treatable illness.


SC 11.MSW.1996.Herbaugh.JA

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