Alcoholism Treatment Center Kalispell MT

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.

Alternative Youth Care
4880 U.S. Highway 93 South,
Kalispell, MT59901
(406) 857-2506
www.alternativeyouthcare.net

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house

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

Payment Accepted: Self payment

Languages: Spanish

Specializing in Adolescents

Welcome to Alternative Youth Care (AYC). Located in Northwestern Montana, we have been helping young men for over a decade to recapture their lives using a 12-Step AA Hazelden-based treatment philosophy. We are a long-term, transitional living, half-way house specializing in helping young men to develop a desire to pursue life without drugs or alcohol. Our Treatment Program is intended to pick up where inpatient treatment concluded. Our aspiration is long-term abstinence and a lifestyle of sobriety. We believe that the learning of genuine life and social skills, within a structured residential facility, is the answer for sobriety.

Residents complete the traditional 12-Step process that was begun in inpatient treatment. The 12-Step process is coupled with group and individual therapy, as well as a focus on social and family reunification.

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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