Alcoholism Treatment Center Alexandria LA
Bridge House/Phase II
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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
Chemical Dependency Program
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
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What Causes Alcoholism?
What Causes Alcoholism?
Philip SicksFriday, September 14, 2007 What causes alcoholism? Alcoholism is a disease caused in part by genetics, in part by culture, and in part by personal choice.
Several twin studies have looked at the different alcoholism rate between twins using a group of identical twins and a group of fraternal twins. If alcoholism were only a behavior learned in the home, a set of identical twins should have the same rate of alcoholism as a set of fraternal twins. In fact, if one identical twin is an alcoholic the odds that the other will be also is higher than the odds for fraternal twins. Because identical twins have the same set of genes, and fraternal twins do not, there must be something in the genes themselves that increases the chances of becoming an alcoholic. (Crabbe, J.C., & Harris, R.A., eds. The Genetic Basis of Alcohol and Drug Actions. New York: Plenum Press, 1991.)
Culture also plays a part. Alcoholism may appear after the first drink, many years of drinking, or after a period of binge drinking. If a person's culture is alcohol free, obviously the genetic influence will not cause alcoholism. If the culture only approves of light drinking and occasional drinking, the rate of alcoholism will be lower than a culture that encourages alcohol use. (American Psychologist, 39, 1337-1351, 1984. Reprinted in W.R. Miller (Ed.), Alcoholism: Theory, research, and treatment, Lexington, MA: Gunn, 1985.)
Personal choice also plays a role. Som...