Alcoholism Treatment Center Spartanburg SC

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.

Spartanburg Alc and DA Commission
187 West Broad Street, Suite 300,
Spartanburg, SC29304
(864) 582-7588x322
www.sadac.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(864) 582-7588

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Private health insurance

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

Specializing in Adolescents, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

The Spartanburg Alcohol & Drug Abuse Commission (SADAC) was established in 1971 by the Spartanburg County and the Spartanburg City Councils.

Nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), SADAC is licensed by the S. C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as an outpatient facility for chemically dependent or addicted persons. SADAC staff are certified through the South Carolina Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, South Carolina Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates, and may hold state licensure or national certifications. Clinical staff hold bachelor and/or masters degrees in the areas of Education, Counseling, Human Services and other related fields.

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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