Wet house in Minnesota
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Alcoholics given 'wet house' treatment in Minnesota

28 June 2011 Last updated at 03:47 BST

In Minnesota, "wet houses" allow alcohol addicts the chance to consume alcohol under some supervision. One of five facilities statewide is Anishinabe Wakiagun, a Native-American-run wet house in Minneapolis.

The BBC spoke with Jesse Beaulieu and Joe Mihalik about their progress and about whether this kind of treatment could ultimately help cure them of their alcohol addiction.