terms to know
Physical dependence on alcohol.
ASAM levels of care
The most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer or discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. Established by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
The purpose of an assessment is to gather the detailed information needed for a treatment plan that meets the individual needs of the person. It is a clinical process for defining the nature of the problem, determining a diagnosis and developing specific treatment recommendations for addressing the problem or diagnosis. Please note: Recover Alaska and Alaska 2-1-1 do not provide assessments.
BAC or blood alcohol concentration
The concentration of alcohol in the bloodstream. A BAC of .10 means the individual’s body has one part alcohol for every 1000 parts of blood. In Alaska, as in most U.S. states, you are considered legally drunk if your BAC is .08% or greater.
NIAAA defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL. This typically occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men—in about 2 hours.
Quitting alcohol completely without weaning off and without any medical help.
The ability of one drug to prevent withdrawal signs and symptoms of an individual’s physical dependence on another drug.
DTs or delirium tremens
A severe form of alcohol withdrawal. Individuals may have a fever, severe hypertension with a rapid heart rate, agitation and inability to remain still. Other symptoms can include drenching sweats, visual hallucinations, and extreme confusion. DTs can be fatal and require hospitalization.
Detox or detoxification
The process of abstaining from and ridding the body of alcohol.
Individuals diagnosed with both an addictive disorder (such as alcoholism) and mental health disorder (such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia).
The fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by providers to diagnose mental disorders, including addiction.
Assessment and education for at-risk individuals who have not been diagnosed with a substance use disorder
Medical treatment that takes place within a hospital or residential treatment facility. Inpatient rehab programs generally range from 28 days to 90 days or more.
A planned, professionally directed interaction in which family or friends confront an alcoholic and share their concerns.
Treatment that combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders.
Medical treatment without admission to a hospital or residential treatment facility.
A live-in health care facility that provides treatment for substance abuse disorders.
The purpose of a screening is to determine whether a person needs an assessment. It is a process for evaluating the possible presence of a problem by asking questions carefully designed to determine whether a more thorough evaluation for a particular problem or disorder is warranted.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat’s considered a “standard drink” of alcohol?
- Children and adolescents
- Individuals of any age who cannot limit their drinking to low levels
- Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant
- Individuals who plan to drive, operate machinery or take part in other activities that require attention, skill, or coordination
- Individuals taking prescription or over-the-counter medications that can interact with alcohol
- Individuals with certain medical conditions
- Individuals recovering from alcoholism
- A strong need or craving for alcohol
- The inability to cut down or control alcohol use
- Larger amounts over a longer period than was intended
- A great deal of time is spent in obtaining, using and recovering from alcohol
- Continued drinking despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by using alcohol
- Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of alcohol
- Recurrent alcohol use in situations in which it is physically hazardous
- Plan to drive a vehicle or operate machinery
- Take medications that interact with alcohol
- Have a medical condition that alcohol can aggravate
- Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
Frequently Asked Questions
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National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
First steps to Al-Anon Recovery
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Welcome to Alaska Al-Anon
An international fellowship of men and women who have struggled with a drinking problem
A professional web guide that can connect addicts and families with recovery and treatment options.
Substance abuse among veterans is a growing problem. Addiction Resource has a guide that discusses the causes, warning signs and statistics around substance abuse among veterans.
For individuals and families needing information about any aspect of preventing, treating, or recovering from addiction. For those in search of answers, and those who don’t yet know which questions to ask—this is a place to start.
Helping men, women and adolescents who are struggling with addiction and mental health disorders.
This guide written by Oliver Clark is meant to raise awareness for Al-Anon and help you navigate through the resource.
A support group for friends and family of problem drinkers
The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (AKCH2) is Alaska’s homeless and affordable housing advocacy body. AKCH2 carries out the day to day management of the Balance of State Continuum of Care program, oversees the contract for the Alaska Homeless Management Information System, and hosts an annual housing and homelessness conference each year.
Providing “Services for Families” that include substance abuse & mental health screenings, assessments, and outpatient treatment for adults, youth & children.
Fire service professionals that provide ongoing wellness resources that are needed in the fire service and for emergency responders.
A network of organizations and agencies across sectors working toward solving complex social problems and promoting a healthy, just and resilient Alaska.
An online handbook for teens and young adults covering laws pertaining to those age groups, including alcohol laws for minors.
A collection of resources from the United States National Library of Medicine about issues that affect the health and well-being of Native Americans and Native Alaskans.
The Anchorage Reentry Coalition is a coalition of state and local agencies, community volunteers and Returning Citizens who are passionate about providing transformative, participant-centered reentry resources and opportunities to individuals, beginning the day of incarceration.
Ask.Listen.Learn provides youth ages 9-14, their parents and educators with information about the dangers of underage drinking. The program’s new digital resources were created to teach what the brain does, what alcohol does to it, and what that does to you.
A campaign dedicated to preventing and reducing underage drinking in Alaska.
A grassroots organization seeking to remove the social stigma associated with addiction treatment and being in recovery, working to build a community banding together to share powerful, personal stories of transformation that will inspire others to pursue help.
The Center for Motivation and Change (CMC) is a group of dedicated clinical psychologists committed to the treatment and understanding of addiction issues.
A Salvation Army program that offers comprehensive recovery services.
An interactive website created by NIAAA for kids 11-13. Content includes healthy coping strategies, refusal skills, and how to identify peer pressure.
A state of Alaska council that sponsors 20 victim service programs offering emergency shelter, safety planning and community-based advocacy to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
A video series produced in collaboration between Recover Alaska and Koahnic Broadcast Corp. featuring Alaskans’ stories of recovery from alcohol.
A web resource dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health issues.
Facing Addiction has launched a comprehensive resource hub for anyone in search of support or guidance in the addiction conversation, fostering hope and building connections through one searchable resource. This resource hub is the first-ever independent, not-for-profit, digital asset map that brings together a vast collection of addiction resources in one place.
Facing Addiction Over Dinner is a toolkit to plan, host and moderate a conversation about alcohol, drugs and addiction.
The Fairbanks Reentry Coalitin’s mission is to create a community where returning citizens have the keys to successfully achieve their personal goals.
Fallen Up Ministries offers peer support, community connection and helps people in or seeking recovery get connected to the resources they need.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual prenatally exposed to alcohol. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications.
Hello, Sunday morning builds technology that supports any individual to change their relationship with alcohol. Whether it is taking break from drinking or simply cutting back- the app works to support you and your choice.
The Hip Sobriety School and Group Coaching program is an 8-week virtual course. It is open to you if you are looking to get started on a path to sobriety, or are already in some sort of recovery program. It is not a detox or 12-step program, but it can work as either a compliment or supplement to other programs and therapies, or as a first step towards healing.
Intervention.com provides regional resources and direct services to those struggling with substance use, mental health needs and eating disorders.
The mission of the Juneau Reentry Coalition is to promote public safety by identifying and implementing strategies that increase a former prisoner’s well-being within the community and reduces the likelihood of their return to prison through recidivating.
The Kenai Peninsula Reentry Coalition, by fostering partnerships between local agencies in the community, is working diligently to help create the Collaborative Care Program.
The first step to a productive conversation around addiction starts with listening. Listen offers support through connected resources, and eliminates blame, shame and stigma by amplifying the stories of millions of Americans whose lives are affected by addiction.
A federal organization dedicated to leading the U.S. in bringing the power of science to issues of drug abuse and addiction.
A list of resources for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome support and information in Alaska.
An overview of mental health from the National Institutes of Health’s MedlinePlus website.
Prevention Action Alliance offers several programs that give parents, coalitions, colleges and universities, and other community members the information, education, and support they need to make a positive change. Programs include “Parents Who Host Lose the Most”, “Know!”, and “BUZZKILL”.
Raise Your Voice addresses teen traffic issues through student created media. Issues include underage drinking, seatbelt use, and distracted driving. Young people listen to their friends and other teens far more than they do to adults so student-to-student messages can be more powerful than adult-to-student messages.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance behavioral health in the U.S.
SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Congress established the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 1992 to make substance use and mental disorder information, services, and research more accessible.
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families. We help families find trusted, evidence-based resources to support a loved one struggling with addiction. We invite families to join us in advocating for policy change both on the state and federal level.
Statewide information resource for, about and by Alaskans.
The world’s leading online treatment resources, providing drug counseling and therapy through a digital treatment method.
List of providers and associated services including but not limited to: Detox, Medication Assisted Therapies, Substance Use Disorder Assessment, Alcohol & Drug Information Schools, etc.
A new federal report that calls for a shift in the way America addresses substance addictions.
SAMSHA’s underage drinking campaign that helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.
Authoritative mental health information and resources for veterans and their families.
Programs that meet the needs of children, adolescents, families and seniors in need.
Written by Lloyd David and edited by Garret Bishop and Jeremy Albright, Warriors Within is a guide to recovery that draws on the Spirit of the Warrior.
A helpful guide on How to Prevent High School Students from Experimenting with Drugs and Alcohol