Alcohol Detox Center Juneau AK

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.

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.

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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