The Minnesota model refers to a structured treatment model for alcoholism that began in the late 1940s and early 1950s in the state of Minnesota. Today, it is the leading model for addiction treatment for many alcohol and other drug treatment centers in the United States and worldwide.

The development of the Minnesota model of treatment for alcoholism and other drug addiction arose from the confluence of a series of historical events. This history is recounted in 1993 by Jerry Spicer, who was at the time president of the Hazelden Foundation. Three important events took place involving a small number of recovering individuals and health professionals strongly influenced by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). These three events reflect an evolution from informal and basic Twelve-Step programs to ...

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