Alcoholism Treatment Facilities North Pole AK

The alchoholic may be able to drink more than anyone else and not get drunk. In other words, the drink has stopped giving the alchoholic the feelings of elation and calm, and has either the opposite affect,(anxiety,nervousness,feeling jittery)or no affect at all, which causes the alchoholic to continue to drink in search of the old results.In chronic cases, alchohol stops working.

Fairbanks Native Association
Ralph Perdue Center
3100 South Cushman Street, Suite 100,
Fairbanks, AK99701
(907) 452-6251x6411

Intake Phone Numbers:
(907) 452-6251x6400

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

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

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Specializing in DUI/DWI offenders

For thousands of years Alaska’s first people, jointly called Alaska Natives, made their livelihood as subsistence hunters and fishers (Alaska’s History: The People, Land and Events of the North Country, 1993). In Alaska’s interior region the subsistence traditions of our ancestors were forever changed by the first successful expedition into the Interior by Lt. Henry Allen in 1885 and the discovery of gold in the Tanana Valley surrounding Fairbanks. The discovery of gold brought thousands of non-Native people to the area and the Alaska Native traditional subsistence lifestyle began to give way to one marked by permanent villages, which today rely in large part on a cash economy.

The increasing reliance of these villages on the cash economy has forced many Alaska Natives to leave their ancestral homelands for Alaska’s urban areas, including Fairbanks, to seek employment. In 1960, only 12% of Alaska Natives lived in urban areas. By 1990 the percent of Alaska Natives living in urban areas increased to 44%. Population changes between 1980 and 1990 reflect the highest rate of Native in-migration to urban centers. In 1990, for instance, 11% of the population of the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (Alaska’s Interior) migrated to other parts of Alaska (Alaska Department of Labor, 1994).

The experiences of the first Alaska Natives to move to the city of Fairbanks were marked by discrimination. Many Alaska Native men serving in the United States Army during World War II at Ladd Airfield Base near Fairbanks were barred from Fairbanks stores, hotels, restaurants, and bars. At that time “No Indians” signs and attitudes were an integral part of the Alaska Native experience in urban areas.

By the mid-1960s most of the signs had come down, but Alaska Natives continued to find that they were welcome in few public places. “Even people who didn’t drink had no place to go except the bars,” said Poldine Carlo, Athabascan Native Elder and one of FNA’s charter members, when asked why she started FNA. “Because there was nowhere else for them to go, we started inviting people over to our house. For two or three winters, we even had different village mushers and their dogs staying here in the woods behind our house.”

It was these experiences that led Poldine Carlo and others, including her husband Bill and Ralph Perdue, Morris Thompson, Margie Wright, John Sackett, and Max Huhndorf to organize an association for urban Alaska Natives. While the Civil Rights Movement was shaking the nation, Alaska Natives in Fairbanks started meeting around Poldine’s kitchen table to design an association that would bring Alaska Native people living in Fairbanks together; an association that would give them a sense of belonging where there was none; an association that would speak on behalf of Alaska Natives, who had little political clout; and an association that would meet their cultural, social, and economic needs.

In 1967 FNA was incorporated as a nonprofit under the laws of the State of Alaska. Membership then as it is now was open to Alaska Natives and American Indians of one-quarter blood or greater who once a year elect a nine-person board of directors. Today FNA is a powerful and influential Native American voice in Alaska. Over the years our organization has changed public policies that were discriminatory to our people and our programs have helped countless people find new jobs, maintain sobriety, celebrate their culture, and receive an education.

As FNA continues to build a stronger community, we will hold true to our mission “to provide quality services in a professional manner for our membership and the greater Fairbanks community.”

Alcoholism Explained

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Alcoholism Explained

Crimson Boudoir

Friday, September 14, 2007 Alcoholism is an incredibly dangerous disease.It is classified as a "disease" by the medical community because of two important factors.One,it progresses. In simple terms it means that the affects of alcohol only get worse for the drinker, and not better.This is also true of the alcoholic who stops,and then begins drinking again. The brain of the alcoholic has a memory.The memory begins where the alcoholic left off in his/her drinking career. Therefore,if a person who has had 20 years of sobriety, begins to drink again, the brain cells of the alcoholic "wake up" and remember where the drinker left off,and the drinker goes back to where they were 20 years ago.

This is one of the most baffling truths of the disease. Not one alcoholic who was drinking 20 years before, can now, after 20 years of sobriety, drink one or two and get away with it, like a "normal" drinker. Alcoholism will bring them back to how much they were drinking 20 years before, and even exceed the number of drinks that they now can consume.It is not so much the amount,as it is the result.Alcohol is classified as an "ether",and can kill by suppressing all of the organs.

The second classification which makes alcoholism a disease is that it is incurable.So far, the only action which can be taken by an alcoholic to insure their living another day, is to abstain from alcohol and other mood altering chemicals.

This does not cure the person of the disease,but puts it into check, and brings the disease into a not drinking, the alcoholic in affect puts their brain's cravings to sleep. This does not happen overnight,and many will feel the call of craving long after having put down the drink.

Because the brain chemistry of an alcoholic is completely different from the brain chemistry of a person without alchoholism, alchohol affects the alchoholic completely differently than a normal drinker. When an alchoholic continues to drink alchohol,the disease gains strength and gets worse. Much like a diabetic whose pancreas cannot process sugar, the alchoholic's system cannot process alchohol. The alchoholic may have one drink and go into a black-out.A black-out is a memory loss which will never be regained. Some drinkers have small black-outs, others have had weeks of their lives erased.

The alchoholic may be able to drink more than anyone else and not get drunk.In other words, the drink has stopped giving the alchoholic the feelings of elation and calm, and has either the opposite affect,(anxiety,nervousness,feeling jittery)or no affect at all,which causes the alchoholic to continue to drink in search of the old results.In chronic cases, alchohol stops working.

What is this disease? How do you know that you have it? This is where the disease of alcoholism baffles even the medical experts.Not all alcohlics have the same symptoms,in the same order. It is not the amount th...

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