Alcoholism Rehabilitation Centers Spartanburg SC

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.

Spartanburg Alc and DA Commission
187 West Broad Street, Suite 300,
Spartanburg, SC29304
(864) 582-7588x322
www.sadac.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(864) 582-7588

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Private health insurance

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

Specializing in Adolescents, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

The Spartanburg Alcohol & Drug Abuse Commission (SADAC) was established in 1971 by the Spartanburg County and the Spartanburg City Councils.

Nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), SADAC is licensed by the S. C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as an outpatient facility for chemically dependent or addicted persons. SADAC staff are certified through the South Carolina Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, South Carolina Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates, and may hold state licensure or national certifications. Clinical staff hold bachelor and/or masters degrees in the areas of Education, Counseling, Human Services and other related fields.

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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