Drug Rehab Centers Eagle River AK

The distinction between physical dependence and addiction is separated using the term physical dependence for a narrower, older definition and the new definition of addiction. Physical dependence is mostly described as a simple cellular adaption of a substance to the body. It especially concen- trates on the neurons as the communication center and the chemical which the brain is influenced by. Read on for more.

Akeela Inc
Akeela House
2804 Bering Street,
Anchorage, AK99503
(907) 561-5266
www.akeela.us

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

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

Payment Accepted: Self payment, 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), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Women, Men

Akeela, Inc is one of Alaska’s oldest and most diverse Behavioral Health programs, incorporated in 1974. We provide prevention services in 18 communities throughout the State, and outpatient and residential substance use treatment for community populations in Anchorage and Ketchikan. Akeela also provides prison-based substance use programs in multiple correctional institutions throughout the state. We offer a wide range of outpatient mental health services, as well. Mental health services for adults and families are provided in Anchorage, and a full-range of mental health services: general mental health for adults and youth, emergency psychological services, services for adults with severe/chronic mental illness and for children experiencing severe emotion disturbances are provided in Ketchikan. We also provide transitional housing for mentally ill adults in Ketchikan and for recovering substance users in Anchorage.
Insight Therapy LLC
600 Cordova Street, Suite 6,
Anchorage, AK99501
(907) 677-8942
www.Insightalaska.com

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance

All clinicians at Insight Therapy LLC hold Master degrees in Counseling Psychology or related fields. We are either Licensed Professional Counselors or are on track to become licensed. The team has worked together previously, in some cases for many years. Insight Therapy’s treatment philosophy is based on the cognitive-behavioral model of psychotherapy and our staff’s rich educational and experiential background gives our clients access to a variety of therapeutic styles including EMDR, family systems, reality therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, and other research-based therapy for both Individual Counseling and Group Counseling. We offer an alternative to 12-step programs and at the same time we are able to support clients who find the 12-steps useful. We offer Screening, Intake, Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, and Education for clients dealing with substance abuse and other life issues. We also offer a group for people dealing primarily with emotional issues and not necessarily with substance abuse. This group is designed for clients who find that their emotions interfere with the ability to make good decisions.
Ernie Turner Center
4330 Elmore Street,
Anchorage, AK99508
(907) 550-2400
www.citci.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(907) 793-3200

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification

Residency: Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, 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)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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

Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) stands for people, partnership and potential. We are a tribal nonprofit organization helping Alaska Native and American Indian people residing in the Cook Inlet Region of southcentral Alaska reach their full potential.

We believe that when we work together, we can help each other develop our strengths and talents, and become successful and self-sufficient individuals, families and communities.

Since its inception in 1983, CITC has grown from a fledgling, grass-roots operation with only three employees, to one of the nation’s preeminent culturally responsive social-service organizations serving more than 12,000 people annually, and employing nearly 250 passionate and caring individuals.

An array of support services includes education, employment and training services, workforce development, family preservation, and support for individuals recovering from addiction and substance abuse.
Cook Inlet Tribal Council Inc
Recovery Services/Substance Abuse
3600 San Geronimo Drive, Suite 210,
Anchorage, AK99508
(907) 793-3200
www.citci.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance, Access to Recovery

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Yupik

Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) stands for people, partnership and potential. We are a tribal nonprofit organization helping Alaska Native and American Indian people residing in the Cook Inlet Region of southcentral Alaska reach their full potential.

We believe that when we work together, we can help each other develop our strengths and talents, and become successful and self-sufficient individuals, families and communities.

Since its inception in 1983, CITC has grown from a fledgling, grass-roots operation with only three employees, to one of the nation’s preeminent culturally responsive social-service organizations serving more than 12,000 people annually, and employing nearly 250 passionate and caring individuals.

An array of support services includes education, employment and training services, workforce development, family preservation, and support for individuals recovering from addiction and substance abuse.
Alaska Addiction Rehab Services
Nugens Ranch
26731 West Point MacKenzie Road,
Wasilla, AK99654
(907) 376-4534
www.nugensranchak.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

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

Payment Accepted: Self payment, 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 Women, Men

The founders of Nugen's Ranch had some unusual ideas, back in the early 1980's, when they were making plans to open the first long-term alcoholism treatment program in Alaska.
Leonard and Henrietta Nugen opened Nugen's Ranch in 1981, with the support of a visionary Board of Directors. Their views on the successfull treatment of long-term alcoholism, since then, have provided blueprints for sober living for people throughout Alaska.
Nugen's Ranch became the first long-term treatment program in Alaska to receive national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitaion Facilities (CARF) in 1993.
Karen Nugen-Logan, daughter of the founders, was named Executive Director in 1994. Her appointment created a second generation of Nugen-based philosophy - training and education balanced with the cold reality of experience with addiction behaviors. Employed by the Ranch since 1985, Karen Nugen-Logan has guided the Ranch's operations into a new century.
Today Nugen's Ranch serves adult men and women who have abused alcohol and drugs. The beautiful Matanuska-Susitna Valley setting, daily Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings, NA meetings, farm activities, work therapy, individual and small group counseling combine to create a supportive low-key family atmosphere.
Volunteers of America Alaska
ARCH
8012 Stewart Mountain Drive,
Eagle River, AK99577
(907) 694-3336
www.voaak.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

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

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Access to Recovery

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

Specializing in Adolescents, Residential beds for clients' children

Volunteers of America is a nonprofit human service organization dedicated to the relief of human suffering and the advancement of social justice. It was founded in 1896 by Christian social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth in New York City. Today Volunteers of America is active in more than 220 communities throughout the United States, helping over one million people every year. Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest evaluator of charities has awarded its top rating, 4 stars, to Volunteers of America for “successfully managing the finances of the organization in an efficient and effective manner.”

Locally, Volunteers of America Alaska has stood for compassionate and ethical service since 1981, when it began offering substance abuse treatment to adolescents at the ARCH residential treatment facility in Eagle River. Since then we have expanded to serve over 35,000 people statewide in 2005. We offer a wide array of services for young children, adolescents, families and the elderly, which include the following:
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Communication of the Addict Brain

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Communication of the Addict Brain

Karla Kiecolt-Blasdell

Thursday, January 03, 2008

The distinction between physical dependence and addiction is separated using the term physical dependence for a narrower, older definition and the new definition of addiction. Physical dependence is mostly described as a simple cellular adaption of a substance to the body. It especially concen- trates on the neurons as the communication center and the chemical which the brain is influenced by. In contrast, addiction is known to be a complex, lifelong disease of one''s entire self.

In studying human brain activity we have learned communication and impulses are carried from one cell to another. There are billions of nerve cells in the brain. These are called neurons. Most neurons have one branch that carry impulses away from the cell body. This branch is called an axon.

The outer part of the neuron where the branching of the axon begins is called the dendrite. A single neuron may have as many as 10,000 dendrites.

The dendrites then can receive signals from the axons from thousands of different neurons. Simply breaking down how neurons work in the brain focuses on the synapse, the space in the brain where the impulses pass between the cells. The synapse is tiny and continuously active. The activity is affected by both abusive drugs and psychoactive medications. The chemicals enter the bloodstream, pass through the blood-brain barrier and become part of the chemical bath that reaches all the synapses in the brain.

Psychoactive externally supplied chemicals inhibit transmission between particular groups of axons and dendrites.

Neurons primarily serve excitatory or inhibitory roles in the brain.

Abusive drugs fit both of these categories. Amphetamines and cocaine fall into the stimulant category and are primarily excitatory, whereas, alcohol and opiates fall into the depressant category and are primarily inhibitory.

Addiction is more than a chemical reaction in the brain. It also relies on three types of behavior-affecting stimuli described by psychologists. They

are: positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, and punishment. A good feeling is positive reinforcement, relief of a painful experience is con- sidered a negative reinforcement. The punishment is a consequence of a negative behavior. All three of these behaviors have direct application to the experience of addiction. Abused drugs directly affect the synapses in the pleasure centers of the brain. There are many activities and substances that impact the pleasure-producing neurons. When referring to addiction it principally involves two features: loss of control (unmanageable), dis- honesty (denial). Without these two features addiction cannot exist.

People who are addicted almost act as if they are hypnotized. They cannot tell you why they continue their use of drugs and alcohol despite the negative impact on their lives. Even though the loss over pleasure- driven behaviors is alw...

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