Alcoholism Rehabilitation Centers Alexandria LA

An alcoholic is someone who despite negative consequences from drinking continues to drink, and once he starts drinking, has little or no control over the amount consumed. This is done not because of a choice to continue, but a physical allergy coupled with a mental obsession to drink, thus the disease of mind and body.

Cenla Chemical Dependency Council
Bridge House/Phase II
401 Rainbow Drive,
Pineville, LA71360
(318) 484-6491
www.cenlacdc.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(318) 484-6774

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Specializing in Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Residential beds for clients' children, Men

Cenla CDC provides comprehensive assessments, treatment/education services and prevention to citizens throughout Louisiana but more specifically to Region VI in Central, Louisiana. Services are accessible and affordable in rural areas that are generally under served and distances to travel for services are prohibitive. It is our goal to help clients identify problem areas of their life and motivate them to make healthy behavioral health changes to become productive citizens of the communities in which they live. We also encourage ongoing staff development by allowing our staff to join local networking organization such as Region VI Substance Abuse Counselors Organization, Louisiana Association of Substance Abuse Counselors and Trainers. Cenla CDC also pays for staff to attend workshops and trainings through-out the year. Ongoing staff development is paramount in providing the highest level of care for clients and their families. CCDC also utilizes ASAM placement criteria and well as standard best practices.
Alexandria VA Medical Center
Chemical Dependency Program
Shreveport Highway, P.O. Box 69004,
Pineville, LA71360
(318) 466-2774
www.va.gov

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification

Residency: Hospital inpatient, Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

Payment Accepted: Self payment, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders

Mission Statement
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.
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Alcoholism: A Disease of Mind and Body

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A Disease of Mind and Body

Phill Roby

Friday, September 14, 2007 Contrary to popular belief, a real alcoholic has lost the power of choice in drinking. Alcoholism is not a weakness, nor does it affect "bad" people. It is an illness that does not discriminate, a disease of mind and body, and is so recognized by the American Medical Association.

An alcoholic is someone who despite negative consequences from drinking continues to drink, and once he starts drinking, has little or no control over the amount consumed. This is done not because of a choice to continue, but a physical allergy coupled with a mental obsession to drink, thus the disease of mind and body.

Another common misconception is that people who drink heavily and often are automatically classified as alcoholics. A person who drinks a lot may be abusing alcohol, but if given a good reason medically or convinced to stop by a family member they have little or no trouble stopping. The alcoholic, however, is unable to stop based on these reasons alone.

A good example is as follows: A man drank heavily for 20 years. He had no negative consequences such as DWI's or medical problems during this time, and thoroughly enjoyed drinking everyday. One day he went to his doctor who told him his liver showed signs of damage from drinking and advised that he had to quit altogether. He never touched another drop of alcohol, and continued on with his life easily without it, thus non-alcoholic.

A true alcoholic would have not been able to stop drinking based on this knowledge alone. Without some form of treatment and a continued program such as Alcoholics Anonymous or another type of Spiritual Awakening, an alcoholic would not be able to completely abstain from drinking due to the diseased state of his body and mind.

Another important aspect of alcoholism is the inability to control the amount of alcohol consumed once they start. This is due to a number of physiological factors involved in the body...

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