Alcohol Detox Center Alexandria LA

Using a drug to treat addiction may seem ironic, but doctors say it can work. How? The drug blocks the brain receptor that may associate reward benefits with drinking. There are other drugs to help with alcohol addiction, but they have to be taken daily, and often with pretty harsh side effects like sweating, vomiting, and rapid heart beat.

Cenla Chemical Dependency Council
Bridge House/Phase II
401 Rainbow Drive,
Pineville, LA71360
(318) 484-6491
www.cenlacdc.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(318) 484-6774

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house

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

Payment Accepted: Self payment

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Specializing in Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Residential beds for clients' children, Men

Cenla CDC provides comprehensive assessments, treatment/education services and prevention to citizens throughout Louisiana but more specifically to Region VI in Central, Louisiana. Services are accessible and affordable in rural areas that are generally under served and distances to travel for services are prohibitive. It is our goal to help clients identify problem areas of their life and motivate them to make healthy behavioral health changes to become productive citizens of the communities in which they live. We also encourage ongoing staff development by allowing our staff to join local networking organization such as Region VI Substance Abuse Counselors Organization, Louisiana Association of Substance Abuse Counselors and Trainers. Cenla CDC also pays for staff to attend workshops and trainings through-out the year. Ongoing staff development is paramount in providing the highest level of care for clients and their families. CCDC also utilizes ASAM placement criteria and well as standard best practices.
Alexandria VA Medical Center
Chemical Dependency Program
Shreveport Highway, P.O. Box 69004,
Pineville, LA71360
(318) 466-2774
www.va.gov

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification

Residency: Hospital inpatient, Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

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

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

Mission Statement
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.
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Core values describe an organization's culture and character and serve as the foundation for the way individuals in an organization interact with each other and with people outside of the organization. The Department of Veterans Affairs Core Values and Characteristics apply across the entire VA enterprise.

Monthly Shot Could Help Fight Alcohol Addiction

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Monthly shot could help fight alcohol addiction

Kafi Drexel

Friday, February 08, 2008

It''s an uphill battle many alcoholics struggle with: resisting the craving to drink. While it''s certainly no cure, some doctors say a monthly shot could help more alcohol-dependent patients fight the urge.

“Vivitrol is an injectable form of a medicine known as Naltrexone. Naltrexone is available in oral form, but this is an injectable form, which is given to the patient once-a-month for several reasons: to increase compliance, so patients don''t have to worry about taking the pill; and it delivers a level of drug, which is really very adequate for dealing with alcohol issues,” says Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Dr. Steven Lamm.

Using a drug to treat addiction may seem ironic, but doctors say it can work. How? The drug blocks the brain receptor that may associate reward benefits with drinking. There are other drugs to help with alcohol addiction, but they have to be taken daily, and often with pretty harsh side effects like sweating, vomiting, and rapid heart beat.

Doctors say the once-a-month injectable cuts down on that. One patient says she wouldn''t call the shot a miracle drug, but it''s the only thing that''s helped her with 15 years of addiction.

“It''s been very helpful. I haven’t been drinking as much. I don''t drink every day. I used to before I took Vivitrol and when I do drink, I drink a lot less than I used to,” says the recovery alcoholic, who asked to remain anonymous.

While the shot doesn''t necessarily stop alcoholics from drinking, doctors say being able to dramatically reduce the amount of heavy drinking days for patients has a huge impact on physical and emotional health.

“Our belief has been that abstinence is the goal for alcoholism and I believe that myself, but at this point I am at least satisfied my patients are drinking significantly less,” says Dr. Lamm. “When they are drinking less there quality of life and t...

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