Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Olive Branch MS

It is widely understood that about 1 in 10 people have the disease of alcoholism. That 10% of the population includes all races, creeds, ages, sexes, religions, and all other factors. Alcoholism does not discriminate any of these; it simple exists when the individual has the threefold illness.

Memphis Recovery Centers Inc
YP
219 North Montgomery Street,
Memphis, TN38104
(901) 272-7751
www.memphisrecovery.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(866) 672-7378

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

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

Payment Accepted: Self payment

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

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

Memphis Recovery Centers (MRC) provides professional treatment of drug and alcohol dependency for teens and adults in a caring and confidential atmosphere using 12-step recovery methods. We offer both residential and outpatient treatment, depending on the needs of the individual. MRC also supports those who experience co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders, by integrating dual diagnosis treatment into the program.
Memphis Recovery Centers Inc
Detox
219 North Montgomery Street,
Memphis, TN38104
(901) 272-7751
www.memphisrecovery.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(866) 672-7378

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Halfway house

Residency: Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

Payment Accepted: Self payment, 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 Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

Memphis Recovery Centers (MRC) provides professional treatment of drug and alcohol dependency for teens and adults in a caring and confidential atmosphere using 12-step recovery methods. We offer both residential and outpatient treatment, depending on the needs of the individual. MRC also supports those who experience co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders, by integrating dual diagnosis treatment into the program.

At MRC you’ll find trained and licensed staff dedicated to compassionate, individualized care for our clients. Our programs and facilities are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and are accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission.

Since 1970 MRC has been a leader among comprehensive chemical dependency care providers in the Mid-South. Throughout our history, MRC has stayed true to its mission...to return the individual to an adaptable level of spiritual, physical, social and occupational functioning, and to help each addicted person and his/her family to begin a lifelong process of recovery. Discover what our patients say about MRC
Lakeside Behavioral Health System
Dual Diagnosis Unit
2985 Brunswick Road,
Memphis, TN38133
(901) 377-4700x963
www.lakesidebhs.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(901) 377-4700

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification

Residency: Hospital inpatient, Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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

Since 1967, Lakeside Behavioral Health System has been the premier provider of specialized behavioral health and addictive disease services in the Memphis and Mid-South region. The 305-bed facility, located on a serene 37-acre campus in northeast Shelby County, serves as the setting for the treatment for children, adolescents, young adults, adults and seniors. Lakeside’s comprehensive programs treat disorders such as bipolar disorder, psychological trauma, depression and anxiety, mental illnesses and addictive disease disorders such as alcoholism, drug addiction and substance abuse.

At Lakeside, we believe in offering a variety of options to our patients, making our programs more accessible and our treatment more effective, while maintaining high levels of quality care.

Lakeside Behavioral Health System is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, certified by Medicare, and licensed by the State of Tennessee.

The Truth about Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

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The Truth about Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

Cindy Weir

Friday, September 14, 2007 I have read many articles on the subject of alcoholism and AA. Most are full of misinformation, misunderstanding and untruth. This is my attempt, as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, to help you understand this cunning, baffling and powerful disease and how AA helps us live sober, one day at a time.

The disease of alcoholism, (yes, it's a disease), is a threefold illness- physical, mental and spiritual. There is no cure for alcoholism. What we have is recovery and discovery. It is not a program of self-improvement of self-help. It is a program of self-discovery.

It is widely understood that about 1 in 10 people have the disease of alcoholism. That 10% of the population includes all races, creeds, ages, sexes, religions, and all other factors. Alcoholism does not discriminate any of these; it simple exists when the individual has the threefold illness.

The first aspect of the disease is physical. An alcoholic processes alcohol differently than the "normal" drinker. Of course the term normal includes all ranges of drinkers. But only the alcoholic develops what is known as the phenomenon of craving. In essence, an alcoholic is allergic to alcohol. This allergy manifests itself in this craving making it impossible for us to stop drinking. It is the FIRST drink that gets us drunk, not the last. When one drink is ingested it sets off this phenomenon of craving and makes us want more and more and more. We do not stop until we pass out, black out, go to jail, experience many consequences, and/or die.

The mental obsession is the second aspect of the disease of alcoholism. This obsession crowds out all other thoughts, including the reminders of all the pain, heartache, injury or other consequence that we have experienced. The disease of alcoholism centers in the mind. Therefore, the mind of the alcoholic cannot differentiate between the true and the false. We have just as much a thinking problem as we do a drinking problem.

If these two aspects sound grim, that is because they are what leads us to the desperation, futility and hopelessness that we feel while we are in the throes of the disease. We are either drinking, or we are thinking about drinking. Either way, we have no positive results.

This leads us to the third aspect of alcoholism- the spiritual. An alcoholic must experience an entire psychic change to overcome the physical and mental parts of our disease. There is a "black hole" that we feel and all we know to do is fill it with alcohol. Yet alcohol is only a symptom, our temporary solution to help us not have to feel. We self-medicate, and once we put any form of alcohol, including some in pill form, we set off this allergy/phenomenon of craving and we are gone. And, when we are not drinking, all we can do is obsess over the next drink- when and how we're going to get it. It is a vicious, never-ending cycle which leaves t...

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