Alcoholism Counseling Juneau AK

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.

Rainforest Recovery Center
Bartlett Regional Hospital
3250 Hospital Drive,
Juneau, AK99801
(907) 796-8690x8499
www.bartletthospital.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(907) 796-8690

Hotline Phone Numbers: (907) 796-8610

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification

Residency: Hospital inpatient, Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

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

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women

Bartlett Regional Hospital welcomes comments form patients, visitors and families regarding our services and personnel. If you have an immediate concern, please allow us the opportunity to assist you by contacting the person providing you with care. These concerns can relate to patient safety or quality of care.

If your concern is not satisfied, please contact the Bartlett Regional Hospital Risk Manager at (907) 796-8695.
Gastineau Human Services Inc
5597 Aisek Street,
Juneau, AK99801
(907) 780-3044
www.ghscorp.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment

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

Specializing in Women, Men, Criminal justice clients

Gastineau Human Services
Gastineau Human Services is a private non-profit behavioral health agency in Juneau, Alaska dedicated to providing the socially stigmatized of Southeast Alaska opportunities to gain the skills and lifestyles necessary to better themselves and their community. Our programs are built on the belief that each individual is responsible for his or her own behavior and that all persons are deserving of equal opportunity. Each human being, regardless of present condition and inherited characteristics, has the potential for positive change.
Behavioral Health Services
GHS provides intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment for adults to overcome alcoholism and substance abuse. Based upon a solid foundation of proven counseling and case management techniques, GHS counselors and staff address the client's long-term needs as well as the practical problems of daily living. Services provided include assessments, treatment planning, group and individual therapy, as well as gender and culture specific therapy.
Transitional Housing
The goal of transitional housing is to help individuals break the cycle of homelessness. Sobriety, community support, and employment are key to individual success, this program focuses in these areas to help residents gain stability and progress to independent living.
Community Corrections
GHS provides a residential reentry program in Juneau for adults referred by the State of Alaska Department of Corrections. This program helps formerly incarcerated men and women prepare for reintegration back into the community by focusing on substance abuse treatment, reconnection with family, employment, and long-term housing.

Alcoholism: You Cannot Get Rid of It

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You Cannot Get Rid of It

Tamber Hepner

Friday, 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...

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