Section 27-20A-1


The following words and phrases used in this chapter, and others evidently intended as the equivalent thereof, shall, in the absence of clear implication otherwise, be given the following respective interpretations herein:

(1) ALCOHOLISM. A chronic disorder or illness in which the individual is unable, for psychological or physical reasons, or both, to refrain from the frequent consumption of alcohol in quantities sufficient to produce intoxication and, ultimately, injury to health and effective functioning.

(2) DETOXIFICATION. Supervised physical withdrawal from alcohol.

(3) INPATIENT TREATMENT FOR ALCOHOLISM. Care provided in a licensed hospital and is normally limited to detoxification where severe medical or psychiatric complications are present or may be anticipated.

(4) SHORT TERM RESIDENTIAL ALCOHOLISM TREATMENT FACILITY. A state certified facility which provides structured programs of intensive treatment services for people addicted to alcohol. Services may include supervised withdrawal from alcohol, backup emergency medical services for persons whose physical condition necessitates medical care, psychological and social evaluation, nutritional stabilization through proper dietary service, individual counseling, family counseling and referral to other providers who can provide additional services for continuity of care, aftercare, and followup.

(5) OUTPATIENT TREATMENT. Treatment rendered in a nonresidential setting and using an intermittent, periodic schedule of visits.

(Acts 1979, No. 79-436, p. 701, §1.)