drinkThere are some effective alcoholism treatment centers around the state of Mississippi. This illustrates the high rate of alcoholism in the region and how seriously its adverse effects have been felt, thus warranting the presence of treatment facilities.

Please dial 800-281-9728 for locations of alcoholic rehab centers in Mississippi. Our trained counselors are available anytime you need assistance, 24 hours a day. Even if you have a general question, or someone to talk with, we’re here to help you.

Alcohol abuse

Alcohol belongs to the class of drugs called depressant psychoactive drugs. These drugs include all opioids and opiates (natural extracts from the opium poppy plant as well as synthetic chemicals which act like opioids) and alcohol.

Depressants slow the functioning of the brain and central nervous system because they attach to receptors in the brain and CNS; to block or prevent full attachment of signals which convey messages from other body parts to the brain.

Alcohol effects

Alcohol is abused (taken too frequently and at high quantities) because of the pain numbing effects and the ‘buzz’. It also induces the following effects when ingested:

  • Reduce heart rate and blood pressure
  • Reduced respiration rate and hence lower body temperature
  • Loss of appetite and sleep
  • Drunkenness feeling – which reduces concentration and loss of balance

Alcohol addiction

Alcohol abuse leads to alcoholism (alcohol addiction). Alcoholism is a perpetual psychological and physical compulsion for alcohol which, at the end of the day, affects their whole lives. Withdrawal of alcohol during this stage results in withdrawal symptoms as the body and brain react to the absence of the drug. Alcohol withdrawals include: headaches, shivering, trembling of hands, confusion, unstable breathing and heart rate etc.

Alcoholism treatment program

Alcohol addiction can be treated in a comprehensive program that incorporates detoxification (medical treatment) and therapy (counseling).


Detoxification is the cleansing process whereby addicts stop taking alcohol (gradually as opposed to abruptly – to avoid violent withdrawal symptoms) as the withdrawals are monitored and treated accordingly; with the right drug when needed. Before continuing to the next section, feel free to watch this short film, where the process of detoxification is explained further.


Therapy is counseling given to the addicts in groups or alone (both are highly recommended) to help the addict and counselor/ doctor identify the alcoholics basic and special needs so that they can come up with an individually tailor made program to help that particular patient. Counseling also helps the alcoholic see his addiction from the eyes of others; hence feel its impact and purpose to get better and avoid going back to the drink.

Treatment centers

In Mississippi, treatment facilities and centers are not the only venues where one can get their alcoholism treated. By liaising with detox professional and counselors, alcoholics can be treated at home or any other venue of their choice.

All that needs to be done is for the alcoholic to be under the supervision of both a detoxification doctor as they withdraw from alcohol so that the doctor will know how to treat/ manage the experienced withdrawal symptoms; in their intensity and appropriately.

It is also important for the alcoholic to have the services of a substance abuse counselor time and again to monitor their progress as well as help them go through the toughest of the withdrawal symptoms. Home treatment is sometimes preferred by people as they feel their relatives will not be stigmatized and they have their full support. The alcoholic can also get the specialized attention of the doctor and counselor as they are the only ones being served at that particular location.

On the other hand, this is what treatment facilities are created for, and when in doubt, one would be highly recommended. Inpatient, or residential treatment is most recommended for a comprehensive rehabilitation, as it entails a full time environment that is conducive for recovery.

An outpatient treatment program is an option for someone who has not developed a serious dependence, or has obligations in their life that they feel can’t be broken, and this can also be a successful form of rehabilitation. Essentially, the responsibility is on the individual whether or not they recover, and a willingness to get sober and accept help, along with a nicely matched treatment center is a very powerful combination for someone who wants to quit drinking and gain their life back.