Sobering Center provides beds for intoxicated

In Bethel, a safe haven for intoxicated people to sleep off a night of drinking has expanded its hours and built relationships with those it serves during its four winters of operation.

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by Associated Press

BETHEL- In Bethel, a safe haven for intoxicated people to sleep off a night of drinking has expanded its hours and built relationships with those it serves during its four winters of operation.

The Sobering Center provided 1,860 bed nights in 2012 and served about 970 unique individuals.
Program manager Rusty Tews says some make repeat visits. He says those individuals have severe addiction problems but are not ready to change and do not want additional help.
Tews says about 40 percent of those who use the center are from Bethel, while the rest are from surrounding villages. He says about 1 in 5 are willing to talk about alcohol issues, and up to 7 percent of their contacts result in a referral to medical treatment.