New Beginnings CASA

New Beginnings Center for Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Our Mission

The Board of Directors for New Beginnings, C.A.S.A. has defined the mission of the agency in the following manner." Based on a foundation of efficiency, effectiveness, integrity and respect of the individual, New Beginnings, C.A.S.A. provides a comprehensive range of addiction services resulting in improved quality of life for the individual, the family, and the community.

The purpose at New Beginnings, C.A.S.A. is to provide services to both eligible and appropriate individuals in our area who abuse and/or depend on alcohol/drugs. Treatment is available on an outpatient and residential basis. It is our belief that alcohol/drug abuse or dependence is best treated without excessive or unnecessary use of other drugs. Our treatment includes counseling approaches utilizing evidence based programming, as well as, other professional therapeutic techniques. In individual and group settings, structured course work, all of which will help the individual and staff evaluate progress.

Admissions Criteria

Admission to our program shall meet the following minimal criteria:

    • * Individual must be a resident of one of locations in New Beginnings, C.A.S.A.'s area (exceptions may include those who are temporarily relocated to the area for an extended period of time due to family or occupation, and those females with special needs.) All admissions are at the discretion of the Executive Director and/or the Clinical Director.
      * There must be a diagnosis based on the use or abuse of alcohol/drugs by medical, social, or psychological standards.
      * An individual must be of legal age to be admitted into our residential treatment programming.
      * An Individual must have had the" Informed Consent for Treatment" explained to him/her, and have agreed to all provisions included in this consent.
      * An individual's level of care will be determined by comprehensive preadmission screening performed at the time of initial contact by a staff professional. Information provided through this screening, prior substance abuse treatment history, and current level of functioning will all be considered. The fundamental principle of a treatment placement system is that the client be placed in a level of care that has the appropriate resources (staff, training, and services) to assess and treat the client’s condition according to its severity and functioning.

    Residential Services are provided in a newly remodeled facility which accommodates a maximum of 35 residential clients and not including a Special Women Services Program that is an innovative approach to treatment that allows both pregnant and parenting mothers more access to treatment.

    New Beginnings Center for Alcohol and Substance Abuse provides and equal housing opportunity and does not discriminate regarding race, creed, color, gender, age religion, or national origin and is fully handicapped accessible. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


    What is the chemical in alcohol that causes it effects?

    In high amounts, alcohol may cause loss of consciousness or, in severe cases, death. Alcohol works in the brain primarily by increasing the effects of a neurotransmitter called γ-aminobutyric acid, or GABA.

    Why is ethanol so addictive?

    Specifically, some people's brains released more pleasure chemicals in response to alcohol, making them more susceptible to physical dependency. Alcohol use can actually make physical changes in the brain's chemistry and functioning, which plays a big part in what makes alcohol addictive.

    What is the main active ingredient in alcohol?

    Ethanol, also called alcohol, ethyl alcohol and grain alcohol, is a clear, colorless liquid and the principle ingredient in alcoholic beverages like beer, wine or brandy.

    What are the harmful substances in alcohol?

    The most important enzyme involved in the breakdown of alcohol is called alcohol dehydrogenase, which converts alcohol into acetaldehyde, a highly reactive and toxic molecule that may play a crucial role in alcohol–related liver damage.

    What happens to your body if you drink everyday?

    Drinking too much puts you at risk for some cancers, such as cancer of the mouth, esophagus, throat, liver and breast. It can affect your immune system. If you drink every day, or almost every day, you might notice that you catch colds, flu or other illnesses more frequently than people who don't drink.

    What hormone is affected by alcohol?

    Muthusami and colleagues, in a study on 66 alcoholic and 30 non-alcoholic men, found that chronic alcohol consumption significantly increased FSH, LH, and estrogen levels, whereas testosterone and progesterone were significantly decreased and prolactin (PRL) unchanged.

    What happens to brain when we drink alcohol?

    Alcohol has a profound effect on the complex structures of the brain. It blocks chemical signals between brain cells (called neurons), leading to the common immediate symptoms of intoxication, including impulsive behavior, slurred speech, poor memory, and slowed reflexes.

    What alcohol really does to your body?

    An abundance of alcohol can harm the liver, whose job it is to break down harmful substances in the body. This can lead to hepatitis, jaundice and cirrhosis, which is the buildup of scar tissue that eventually destroys the organ. Alcohol may cause kidney, bladder and prostate inflammation.

    What does heavy drinking do to your body?

    Long-Term Health Risks. Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including: High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems. Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, voice box, liver, colon, and rectum.

    Do dopamine levels return to normal after quitting alcohol?

    Dopamine Levels Begin to Normalize When you first quit drinking, the lack of dopamine and diminished receptors can lead to feelings of sadness and hopelessness.