Drug Rehab Centers Juneau 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.

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.

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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