Behavioral Health – Addictive Disease Treatment

Capital Region Behavioral Health has served the addictive disease treatment needs of Central Missouri since 1971.

We define addictive disease as:

An unhealthy relationship with an object, or an event, for the purpose of causing a desired mood swing. By "unhealthy" we mean the person continues engaging in the behavior despite ongoing and progressively serious negative consequences. Chemical dependence is the most noticeable and dangerous of the addictive diseases. Other addictive diseases include gambling, sex, codependency, eating disorders, over-spending, relationship addiction, just to name a few.

Chemical dependence is a highly treatable addictive disease that afflicts nearly 20 percent of our population. Unfortunately, only a small percent of those who have chemical dependence avail themselves of treatment. This is usually due to denial, which is one of many psychological defenses that prevent the person from knowing they have a problem or to avoid pain. Preconceived ideas held by many close to the addict or alcoholic who say, for example, "You can beat this thing if you just put your mind to it," is itself a form of denial called enabling.

Just as a strong will alone cannot beat diabetes or lung cancer, it cannot arrest an addictive disease. However, a person can begin and sustain recovery with the proper treatment provided by trained professionals who specialize in addiction and offer the necessary hope, support, and encouragement, coupled with a plan for change for a restoration to health.

Inpatient Detoxification

Detoxification is the process of re-adjusting to the absence of a chemical to which the body has become adjusted. Alcohol and other sedative drugs are central nervous system (CNS) depressants. When usage is abruptly stopped the body may experience a "rebound" effect. That is, the CNS swings from depressed to over stimulated.

Acute withdrawal from alcohol and other sedative drugs can be dangerous. If you or someone you know has any of the following symptoms after a period of abstinence from drinking or using, it is important to immediately seek medical help at the closest medical facility. In some cases it may be necessary to call for an ambulance.

Signs of acute withdrawal:

  • Agitation, nervousness, irritability
  • Rapid pulse
  • Tremors, "shakes"
  • Clammy or sweaty skin or palms
  • High blood pressure
  • Redness in the face
  • Headache and/or nausea
  • Other signs of stress

Withdrawal from stimulants (drugs that stimulate the CNS) also may have a rebound effect causing withdrawal symptoms. However, the rebound is reversed from over stimulated to depressed, which is uncomfortable but not life threatening. Therefore, inpatient detox is usually not required unless there is another medical condition that might be exacerbated by going through a stressful withdrawal. The major symptoms of withdrawal from stimulant drugs include fatigue and flu-like symptoms. One of the worst things about withdrawal from stimulants is that the person may feel so uncomfortable that they go back to using the drug to avoid the pain of withdrawal. Accordingly, residential care may be necessary for some.

Outpatient Services

Through The Center for Mental Wellness, we offer the following outpatient services:

Assessment and Referral - The first step in getting help is to obtain an assessment from a qualified professional who is knowledgeable in the field of addiction. All of our staff are fully licensed/certified counselors, psychologists, or psychiatrists.

Individual Sessions – Individual counseling can be the compassionate voice of understanding for the addicted person, offering support and encouragement with an emphasis on working together to develop a plan for restoration of health.

Family Therapy - Whole families are affected when a loved one has an addictive disease.  Oftentimes, therapy is helpful in understanding the nature of addiction and recovering from the negative impact on individual family members.  

Relapse Prevention Therapy Group: Some individuals have initial success at recovery only to find themselves in a pattern of repeated relapse. Others may have been recently discharged from inpatient treatment and can benefit from an aftercare group to sustain recent gains. This group helps members deal with their personal triggers, identify high-risk situations, and examine warning signs of an impending relapse.

Contact Us

The Center for Mental Wellness

      • Phone: (573)635-TALK (8255)
      • Hours:  8:00 – 5:00  Monday-Friday

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