Alcoholism Counseling Augusta GA
Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Payment Accepted: Self payment
Specializing in Pregnant/postpartum women, Women
Hotline Phone Numbers: (803) 202-7460
Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment
Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance
Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)
Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish
Specializing in Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Prevention of addictive behaviors is achievable.
Recovery from addiction is achievable.
The success or failure of recovery must be assessed on the basis of individual needs, preferences, strengths and abilities.
The protection of rights of those being served is of paramount importance to the trust that forms the foundation of our relationships.
The positive and negative qualities of family life determine the qualities of the lives of those individuals who make up our families.
The ability to live with self-respect and dignity is critical to achievement of healthier lives and families.
Strengthening families will create a more productive and healthier community.
It is important to seek the input of the persons we serve to ensure that our services meet the needs of the Community.
Collaboration with other human service agencies helps to provide access to needed services in the Community.
The Aiken Center must remain financially and managerially strong so that we can continue to exist and assist those who need our help.
The Aiken County Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, DBA, The Aiken Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Services, is the public substance abuse service provider for Aiken County, SC. It holds 501 (c) 3 tax exemption status from the Internal Revenue Service. It has been in operation in Aiken County since February 12, 1974—over thirty-five years. Pursuant to SC Act 301 of 1973, it was made a “political component” of Aiken County, SC on January 1, 1980. The Aiken Center is one of thirty-three (33) local, sister substance abuse provider agencies that serve all forty-six (46) counties of SC.
The Aiken Center has been CARF (Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited for behavioral health outpatient and prevention/diversion services for adults as well as behavioral health outpatient and prevention/diversion services for children and adolescents since 1994. It is licensed as an outpatient substance abuse treatment provider by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). In accordance with Chapter 61-12-20 of the SC Code of Laws, the Aiken Center is the “designated county authority” for the provision of substance abuse services in Aiken County, SC through designation by the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS).
The Aiken Center functions as an independent entity under contracts with a variety of funding sources, including Aiken County, DAODAS, South Carolina Department of Health and Human services (Medicaid) and a variety of third-party payers. It has been a member agency of the United Way of Aiken County since 1981. It has a current annual budget of $1.7 million dollars. It serves 1,600 clients per year with 22,000 hours of direct treatment/intervention service by a staff of 30 members.
Intake Phone Numbers:
Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment
Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Payment Assistance: Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)
Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Gays and Lesbians, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Residential beds for clients' children
Alcoholism: You Cannot Get Rid of It
You Cannot Get Rid of It
Tamber HepnerFriday, September 14, 2007 First of all, alcoholism is a disease and you CANNOT you cannot "get rid" of it. It is a physical addiction brought on by a physiological allergy. Once the physiological triggers are set in place, the alcoholics body will always to some extent crave alcohol. Biologically, it actually takes two years for the body to begin expelling alcohol at the cellular level, and another eight to ten years for the body to be completely rid of any traces of alcohol in the system. Don't be fooled, just because it is undetected in a blood sample after a day or so doesn't mean it's still not there.
To complicate the situation, when alcohol is reintroduced to an alcoholic body, the same physiological reactions reoccur. This means that when an alcoholic drinks again, it is only a matter of time before old behaviors, patterns, and dependencies emerge. Because of this, there is no way for an alcoholic to successfully limit or control his drinking.
What makes this disease difficult to understand, and often misinterpreted, is that alcoholism is a disease which effects the brain and body simultaneously - unlike cancer, which effects particular parts of the body and can then lead to brain malfunction, or schizophrenia, which begins in the brain and can take on somatic (bodily) characteristics. It may be comparable to behavioral diseases such as anorexia, kleptomania, or self-mutilation. One might ask "Why doesn't that person just eat?" or "Why can't that person just not steal things?" but it's far more complicated than that. For alcoholism, it is a physical addiction paired with a mental obsession for alcohol. Even after the physical addiction subsides, the alcoholic must always keep tabs on the mental obsession. Alcoholism is often thought to be a disease cured by willpower, simply because the catalyst for the disease must be consumed, but this is simply not true.
Alcoholism is NOT a disease cured by right thinking, nor is the act of drinking by an alcoholic done so solely to relieve tensions or worries. Imagine an alcoholic who is aware that his life is in shambles because of his drinking, who has sworn off drinking forever, who knows exactly the shape of his health and the jeopardy drinking has brought his health into, and still cannot stop. It is miserable, painful, and uncontrollable by the alcoholic - and very very common. There is no fleeting moments of pleasure any longer for someone who has full blown alcoholism. It is more of a necessity, a dependency. The brain is often so inundated with negative behavior patterns, chemical dependency, and delusion that life is no longer lived within reality, but an altered idea of reality centered around the next drink.
What we need to understand about this disease is that even though it's not curable, it IS treatable. Treatment must consist of a daily regimen, carried out in a lifelong fashion, to continue to abstain fro...