Alcoholism Treatment Center Idaho Falls ID

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.

Addictions Rehabilitation Association
(ARA)
163 East Elva Street,
Idaho Falls, ID83402
(208) 522-6012
www.a-rehab-a.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house

Residency: Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid)

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

Addiction Rehabilitation Association (ARA), formerly Alcohol Rehabilitation Association, is a private, not-for-profit, residential treatment center for Chemical Dependence located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and geared toward helping those who otherwise could not afford treatment. We exist to help those who need a hand getting their life back. In addition, we welcome the opportunity to help persons seeking treatment, either for themselves or loved ones, negotiate the obstacles and challenges that make getting the help they need. Most need help just finding out what help is 'out there' and how to make contact. We are not going to try and lead everyone to 'us', quite the contrary. We are going to attempt to give you enough information to help get clear about what is involved in a very complicated situation

What Causes Alcoholism?

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What Causes Alcoholism?

Philip Sicks

Friday, 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...

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