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Alcohol Awareness Month 2014

by James Heller 11. April 2014 14:08
When you work in a field that deals with alcoholism on a daily basis, it’s easy to forget the level of public awareness about the disease.  It’s very low, even among those who deal with the pain and heartache of a suffering loved one.  In the interest of awareness, with April being Alcohol Awareness Month, here are some basics.
 
 
Alcoholics are unable to stop drinking once they start, without a conflict, no matter how much you beg.  The saying goes that if an alcoholic is not drinking, he’s thinking about the next drink.  A big part of alcohol dependence is the intense craving an individual feels.  These feelings are so strong that an alcoholic in recover for 10 years could still find his mouth watering at the sight of a martini or glass of wine.  And it isn’t about the taste.

Alcohol always satisfies the craving, as promised, and is trusted to always do so.  This is due to some biological and psychological functions that need not be addressed here.  And it can’t be stressed enough that alcohol is this individual’s best friend because people can never be as trustworthy.  Alcohol dependence has its drawbacks, of course, like terrible withdrawals.  But they are easily remedied by drinking more alcohol.  So the only downside, to the alcoholic, is the people who nag him to stop drinking.

The “hole in the soul” is a good way to describe why an alcoholic drinks.  It feels like something is missing inside that would help him cope with daily life.  Alcoholics lack a coping mechanism that most people have, so they tend to dwell on little events that seem to not bother others.  Alcohol fills that hole and makes him feel like he is a part of society, rather than being different.  From the first drink on, all is okay as long as the alcoholic is drinking.
Eventually, heavy drinking leads to abuse and then dependence.  At that point the body needs alcohol to function, and cutting off the supply may be fatal.  That’s a sad fact.  

This doesn’t mean that the situation is hopeless.  It’s important, though, to find the right time to have a discussion with your alcoholic.  For some reason, spouses, parents, children, and friends will confront an alcoholic during a binge, knowing that the last attempt was a disaster.  His mind, body, and spirit will always go to defend his best friend, and you get nowhere.  The best thing to do is remain calm until he passes out.

Aside from a professional intervention, the best time to confront an alcoholic is after he sleeps off a negative experience.  Wait until he’s “come to”, and then discuss the behavior.  It’s crucial that you convey a sense of love and care.  The best thing you can do for him is to lead him to the realization that he has a problem.  That realization is known as a “moment of clarity” in recovery groups, and is often described as having a divine influence.
When that moment arrives, you need to immediately… right now …get him in to a treatment center.  Therefore, you need to do your homework before the conversation starts.  It begins with one call to a local treatment center, like the one at Tarzana Treatment Centers, where you can learn how treatment works.  You’ll find out what is needed to get your loved one admitted when the time comes, and will also get some tools to make that day arrive faster.

Successful treatment will lead to abstinence for your alcoholic.  Continued treatment and attending a support group, like AA, will help him stay sober.  The odds are, though, that your alcoholic will relapse after treatment at least once.  It’s just a fact of life and a part of recovery for the great majority of recovering alcoholics.  Ask questions, find out what happened, encourage open communication, and talk to a counselor together.  Get him right back on the horse.

Here is one final note for the loved ones.  You need help, too.  Attend at least one Al-Anon or CODA meeting in your area.  There is no shame in being associated with an alcoholic, and you need to know how to regain your self-worth.  You may even choose to enter therapy, which is also available at Tarzana Treatment Centers.
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
   
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Using Vivitrol to Lower Crime Rates

by James Heller 3. April 2014 09:55
Crime is a problem that will exist for all time.  Stating that is more a form of acceptance than a negative outlook on humanity.  What’s important is for rehabilitation efforts to be effective.  Those who are incarcerated or under the supervision of criminal justice agencies are mostly there because of drug or alcohol related crimes, and that is where the solution lies.  Several ongoing studies have shown that the use of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), like Vivitrol, may keep “ex-cons” out of trouble.
 
 
Heroin addiction is a major catalyst for quite a few criminal behaviors.  The simple need to support a drug habit leads to theft (mostly petty), prostitution, and getting involved in drug dealing, just to name a few.  These are crimes that may be committed by one person on a daily basis until they are arrested and jailed.  So to stop the heroin use means relief for many victims.

Vivitrol is an injectable form of Naltrexone that is taken every 30 days.  This medication reduces cravings for heroin and other opiates/opioids by blocking receptors in the brain.  It helps addicts new in recovery to focus on recovery and counseling sessions, without the distraction of very strong cravings.

One small study at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services offers a good basis for discussion.  While even the researchers state that their methods lacked sufficient scientific standards, the results of the Vivitrol treatment study are very interesting.  Only 14 prison inmates participated, and 7 exhibited some form of motivation to remain drug free.  When taking into account all of the damage that one crime can do, that is a very good return.
Of the 7 who were motivated for recovery, 1 enrolled in a residential treatment program and 2 in an outpatient program.  Another 4 entered Methadone or Buprenorphine Maintenance programs.  It’s not clear from the report, but a fair guess is that all participants used heroin or another opiate after being released from custody and during Vivitrol treatment.  This is, sadly, all too common.  For these 7, though, they at least found the motivation to turn their lives around and continue treatment.

There are many other Vivitrol studies and pilot projects in progress at correctional facilities across the nation.  They were started for good reason; Vivitrol treatment works and increases the likelihood that addicts will find recovery.  Further reasoning suggests that if that success is applied to addicts in the criminal justice system, then crime rates will decrease.  

The documented success of Vivitrol treatment has also motivated states to adopt legislation meant to prevent crimes.  As an example, Massachusetts State Rep. Randy Hunt has been “trying to garner legislative support for a bill that increases access to treatment for addicts in trouble with the law.”  The overall goal would be to provide treatment for addicts convicted of drug crimes in the hope of preventing them from committing more serious crimes in the future.
At a public forum that was held near Cape Cod, hosted by Hunt, Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings spoke about how Vivitrol was being provided on a voluntary basis to inmates being released from jail.  The program began in 2012 and 50% of the 82 participants are still in treatment, and, more important, only 9% have been re-incarcerated.  More details about what is happening in Massachusetts can be found here:

The two examples above, where Vivitrol has been effective in reducing crime rates, are small in scale to the national picture.  Studies and pilot projects are thinly spread across the country, and we have yet to see any negative results.  Imagine if Vivitrol treatment was to be applied on a larger scale.
Addiction treatment in lieu of incarceration, in traditional form, has been proven to decrease recidivism and reduce costs to the community.  Adding Medication Assisted Treatment, with a spotlight on Vivitrol, is showing promise as a way to turbo charge those improvements in American societies.

Tarzana Treatment Centers offers Vivitrol to eligible clients in some of our criminal justice programs.  We’ve been providing Vivitrol to all eligible patients for years, and have seen some true miracles.  Individuals who couldn’t stay clean and sober for more than 30 days, who we treated for years before they started Vivitrol treatment, were suddenly in recovery for months at a time.  We’re seeing just as much success with patients suffering severe mental health disorders, where staying clean and sober is vital to healing.
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
   
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Vivitrol and Criminal Justice

by James Heller 27. March 2014 15:00
It’s more common than ever for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to be used as a rehabilitation tool in criminal justice cases involving alcohol and other drugs.  Vivitrol is one of the medications used.  It is a more effective way to reduce crimes like Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and those of a more violent nature, because substance use is often leads to many crimes.  Coupled with effective treatment, this approach brings positive change to former offenders, their loved ones, and the public.
 
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers has worked with clients facing criminal charges for many years through L.A. Drug Court, Prop 36, and other programs.   It is part of our commitment to the community.  We have also provided several forms of MAT, with Vivitrol being among the most successful in outcomes.  Programs that provide Vivitrol to clients with criminal backgrounds are both in the area of our expertise.

Addressing Substance Use issues with medication and treatment has already been proven to reduce our clients’ contacts with criminal justice agencies (arrests, probation, etc.).  Studies have shown a range from approximately 30 to 70% improvements.   It also greatly lowers re-incarceration rates by as much as 50%.  It can be compared to gas in a car.  If you stop filling the tank, the car stops working after a short time.  So the idea is to keep the tank dry.

Vivitrol is effective for MAT because it helps reduce cravings for both alcohol and opiates, which are the two major crime-fueling drugs.  Vivitrol patients need to complete alcohol or drug detox before starting treatment, and they need to be assessed for eligibility.  Upon approval, patients receive an injection every 30 days until treatment is completed.  Alcohol or opiate cravings reduce and allow patients to better focus on individual and group counseling sessions that they attend as part of their treatment.

Most of the clients referred to TTC by criminal justice did not decide to begin a life of crime.  They became trapped in a lifestyle driven by addiction, and either suffered behavior changes or committed crimes to support a large drug habit.  Recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction is the light at the end of the crime tunnel for them and they can once again feel hopeful about a better life.  Sometimes traditional counseling isn’t enough or the temptation is too great to return to that life, and Vivitrol and other MAT programs are now available.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
   
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Medicare Preventive Services Help You Live

by James Heller 26. February 2014 10:57
As we approach and arrive at our senior years, we begin to understand why doctors always told us to take better care of our health.  Prevention is something we hear about all of our lives, and only a small percentage of us really take it seriously.  The good news is that many age-related health issues can be improved and avoided with preventive care services covered by Medicare.
 
 
Better health can always be found through exercise and an improved diet, of course.  There are other issues, though, that are not so easy to control.  It’s much more dangerous for seniors to get the flu, life events can cause depression, and smoking or earlier substance abuse can lead to a whole list of related health problems.  Preventive screenings, counseling, vaccinations, and lab tests help to diagnose or treat potential health risks before they become serious problems.

Using available preventive services improves your health, which leads to other benefits.  Your golden years should be spent enjoying life, so better health means fewer visits to care providers.  You have better things to do.  Just a wellness exam and flu shot will keep the doctor away for a while.  Good health means a more active lifestyle and less reliance on others to get around, as well.  So, preventive care really does give you more joy and freedom in life.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Medicare preventive care services at our Primary Care Clinics. We offer a wide variety of the covered services so you can experience that joy and freedom.  We look forward to seeing you soon.  Here is an alphabetical list:
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
  • Alcohol Misuse Screening and Behavioral counseling Intervention in Primary Care
  • Annual Wellness Visit (Including Personalized Prevention Plan Services)
  • Bone Mass Measurements
  • Cancer Screenings
    • Breast Cancer (mammograms and clinical breast exam)
    • Cervical and Vaginal Cancer (pap test and pelvic)
    • Colorectal Cancer
    • Prostate (PSA blood test and Digital Rectal Exam)
  • Cardiovascular Disease Screening
  • Depression Screening in Adults
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Diabetes Self-Management Training
  • Glaucoma Screening
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Screening
  • Immunizations (Seasonal Influenza, Pneumococcal, and Hepatitis B)
  • Initial Preventive Physical Examination - “Welcome to Medicare” Preventive Visit
  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease
  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (for beneficiaries with diabetes or renal disease)
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Screening 
  • High-Intensity Behavioral Counseling (HIBC) to prevent STIs
  • Tobacco-Use Cessation Counseling
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
   
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Meth Addiction is Trouble for Women

by James Heller 20. February 2014 11:30
Crystal meth has different effects on the lives of women versus men.  Aside from the physical damage it deals to the female body, there is a higher risk of mental trauma due to the behaviors that go along with meth use.  This makes it all the more important to educate youths before they get hooked, and to provide mental health treatment along with addiction treatment if they do.
 
 
We’ve all seen the disturbing before and after photos on the internet.  You would think those, on their own, would prevent young women from even associating with meth users.  But youth carries with it a feeling of invincibility and a “that won’t happen to me” attitude, which sadly turns the images into a joke among friends.  The outcome isn’t funny for the women in the pictures.

A more immediate consequence of meth use for women is what can happen to them in the midst of other users.  Instances of rape, serious injury, and death are higher than normal when a group of individuals use meth together.  The drug relieves users of inhibitions, making them feel like rules of good conduct don’t apply to them.  Couple that with feeling stronger and more agile, with a threshold for pain that is through the roof, and you have a game of tragedy roulette.
Maybe the knowledge that their security can go to zero at any second on meth, may just keep them from using even once.

If she survives time as an addict and hasn’t permanently damaged reproductive organs, brain tissue, her heart, liver, or lungs, a woman will have likely been traumatized at least once.  Many of them won’t even see forced sex as a past trauma, at first, seeing it only as a part of the lifestyle.  But as the addicted brain begins to recover and emotions rise to the surface, those and similar events can drastically inhibit recovery and may lead to a relapse.

At Tarzana Treatment Centers, we recognize these critical differences in how women respond to drug treatment.  Our women only programs utilize trauma-informed and gender-specific counseling techniques to improve treatment outcomes.  Eligible women can enter residential treatment with small children, allowing those important bonds to be strengthened.
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
  
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Heroin and Fentanyl are Bad Partners

by James Heller 13. February 2014 08:36
Tarzana Treatment Centers provides a variety of heroin treatment options because the drug is so highly addictive, unpredictable, and deadly.  Now the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a warning about fentanyl-contaminated heroin.  So we are passing this warning on to the public, and reminding heroin addicts and their loved ones that help is just a phone call away.
 
 
Even if it was possible to satisfy an addiction by using the same amount of heroin every day, it would not guard against overdoses.  Drug dealers don’t have testing labs to ensure purity of the heroin they sell to their clients.  In fact, dealers are more likely to cut the purity of the heroin they sell or add another drug to boost the potency.  Addicts gamble every day, hoping to get the perfect fix, and praying that it won’t be their last.

SAMHSA is trying to get ahead of an epidemic by warning that fentanyl is being used to increase the potency of heroin in Eastern states of the United States.  Fentanyl is a very strong opioid pain killer, and mixing it with heroin increases the risk of severe injury or death.  It is possible that the use of this opioid cocktail is to blame for 39 deaths in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island from the start of 2014 to February 6th.  That’s more than 1 death every day since the year began.

SAMHSA is asking everyone to review their Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit at this link:
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers provides services that all have a goal of abstinence.  Medical Detoxification is a systematic withdrawal using medication to reduce withdrawal symptoms.  Vivitrol injections reduce cravings for heroin after detox when the body is no longer opioid dependent.  For individuals who have relapsed multiple times, we offer Methadone Maintenance or Buprenorphine Maintenance coupled with counseling to keep you on the road to abstinence.

All of our heroin treatment options include counseling.  We offer individual and group sessions, and we include family in treatment whenever it’s possible.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
  
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

How to Work with Relapse

by James Heller 11. February 2014 15:16
Relapse is not the end of recovery.  It’s not recommended, either, and those of us who treat for substance use disorders can’t condone the behavior.  Still, it’s more effective to take a positive approach to recovery after a relapse than it is to be angry and condemn the addict.
 
 
Recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction is an ongoing process, and abstinence is not a lifetime guarantee.  Most alcoholics and addicts relapse at least once before achieving long-term abstinence, if they make it.  Even short-term abstinence is a miracle for those who are heavily dependent on alcohol or heroin, for example.
When an individual with more than a few months of recovery relapses, those around them usually find it difficult to accept as being a normal occurrence.  It’s easy to forget how hard it was to get a loved one into treatment when life with them begins to feel “normal”.  The natural reaction for family members is to think they didn’t do enough, so anger and sadness result.

Going back to substance use does not mean an addict has given up, though.  It just means that progress has taken a step backward, meaning that something wasn’t addressed during treatment or coping skills need to be improved.  Both of these can be corrected with further counseling.  From this perspective, a relapse can be seen as a lesson rather than a failure.

Understanding this can reduce the anger among family members, and could hasten the trip back to rehab.  It’s better to lovingly encourage treatment rather than to react and increase pressure on the addict.  Of course the family of an addict needs to make it known that getting back on the road to recovery is the only acceptable outcome.  With a positive attitude, this can be done in a more loving tone that is more-likely to lead the addict in the right direction.
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
 
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Let's Learn from Hoffman's Death

by James Heller 4. February 2014 14:09
Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2014.  This generation lost a great talent, who delivered impeccable performances in Capote, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Master.  Heroin addiction doesn’t care about people with the disorder, though, and it isn’t shocking when a life is lost.

Philip Seymour Hoffman 2011

Friends and associates in the entertainment industry posted their sorrow over the loss on social media.  Many of them said they were “shocked” while sharing other painful emotions. These were written by individuals who knew him well and who worked with him in the past.  

He had 3 children under the age of 11, and he was found dead because a friend went to his apartment to find out why he had failed to pick them up that morning.  According to a New York Daily News article, a mix of 50 full and empty bags of heroin were found there.  This indicates that heroin addiction doesn’t care about family members either, and it took a father away from his children.

Here is the final entry in Hoffman’s IMDb bio on 02/13/14:

On February 1st (sic-2nd), 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in an apartment in Greenwich, Connecticut. Investigators found Hoffman with a syringe in his arm and two open envelopes of heroin next to him. Mr. Hoffman was long known to struggle with addiction. In 2006, he said in an interview with "60 Minutes" that he had given up drugs and alcohol many years earlier, when he was age 22. In 2013, he checked into a rehabilitation program for about 10 days after a reliance on prescription pills resulted in his briefly turning again to heroin.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

No note was left in the apartment, so the going assumption is that the heroin overdose was accidental.  If that’s true, and we can accept that it is, he was at least intent on using a lot of heroin in the near future and probably believed that he could control dosages.  This is common thinking for addicts.  He thought he could live a normal life with his addiction in tow.  But addiction always takes the lead.  He may even have been looking forward to a great day with his kids all the way up to when his body succumbed to the heroin intake.  

It’s difficult to judge the honesty of an addict, especially one who has immediate access to his drug of choice and any place in the world to hide out and use it.  We don’t doubt that he was a decent person, but that’s beside the point.  It’s possible that he was nursing a habit for some time.  But let’s consider that he was clean for over 20 years, and take him at his word.

Addicts who relapse can’t use the same amount of a drug that they had used before they got clean.  They need to build tolerance again, which takes time.  But addiction in action is not logical.  If this was his first time using after some clean time, then his body could not have handled the amount of heroin his addiction needed to be satisfied.  This could still be the case if he had been using heroin for several months.  Sometimes the addiction just can’t be satisfied and the chase for a high results in tragedy.
With heroin use comes some noticeable physical and behavioral changes.  Anyone close to that person could notice that there is a problem.  Very few of them will say anything, though, when the addict is a celebrity or in a position of power.  This is tragic on two levels because the addict doesn’t get help and dies, and fans might gloss over the unnecessary end as being an accident.  Nobody learns about the horrors of heroin addiction from this scenario.

If Hoffman had been using for some time, then those who knew him should not have been shocked over the overdose.  This is certainly not meant to blame anyone, given that most Americans are just not educated about this drug.  Heroin may be good at filling a void in an addict’s soul, but it is downright dangerous to the human body.  Heroin addicts are destined for death if they don’t get help.  The addiction does not allow a person to regulate use and enjoy life.  Heroin is strictly a killer.

We need to learn from this and take action.  Heroin addiction is never in a casual state, and requires treatment.

Our facilities offer medical detoxificationoutpatient, and residential treatment for heroin addiction.  Treatment options include Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) using Vivitrol during abstinence or Methadone/Buprenorphine Maintenance for harm reduction after multiple relapses.  Many of our heroin addiction treatment services are covered by Medi-Cal or Medicare, for those who qualify, and we accept all forms of insurance.  

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
 
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Opiate Abuse is on the Rise in Vermont

by James Heller 14. January 2014 11:14
Opiate abuse in the state of Vermont has increased steadily over the past decade.  It’s become so overwhelming that the topic earned center stage honors during Governor Shumlin’s State of the State Address for 2014.  They are taking action, and we thought this presented a good opportunity to remind the public about opiate and heroin treatment options.
 
 
Vermont has seen a 770% increase in treatment for all opiates.  Heroin treatment has gone up 250%.  While it’s a positive sign that addicts are entering treatment in higher numbers, it also means that facilities are at capacity and waiting lists can reach 500 names.  Of all drugs, opiate addicts are at the highest risk for overdosing, so this is a big problem.

Governor Shumlin has proposed programs to help facilities with the backlog, and to educate youth before they try prescription opiates or heroin.  The full text of the speech is at this link:

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides services for opiate addicts that include medical detoxification, residential and outpatient treatment, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) that includes Vivitrol and Methadone or Buprenorphine Maintenance.  Prescription opiate and heroin addiction has a broad range of severity, so several treatment options need to be available to ensure the best outcomes.
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
 
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Methadone Maintenance Available Every Day

by James Heller 26. December 2013 08:36
Addiction to heroin and prescription opiates can become so serious that harm reduction is needed on the road to abstinence.  Methadone Maintenance (MM) helps reduce the cravings that an addict experiences, removing the distraction that often leads to using heroin or prescription drugs.  So it is important that, once MM treatment begins, a providing clinic is accessible every day.
 
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers Methadone Maintenance program is open every day of the year, including holidays.  The great majority of other MM clinics, on the other hand, are closed on weekends and holidays.  It makes sense to us that a program to reduce harm is available when harm is most likely to be done.  Whether boredom or anything else ramps up cravings on these days, addicts enrolled in an MM program shouldn’t need to wait until the next open day to get relief or counseling.

Another problem with off days at the MM clinic is that doses might be sent home so that clients won’t need to wait for them.  This is sometimes okay, but, with all due respect to those clients, it is a practice that can be dangerous if not deadly.  Methadone has a long half-life and stays in the body for up to 48 hours.  If an addict takes a dose too early, it could result in an overdose.  So it is important that doses are closely monitored by an available medical professional.

At Tarzana Treatment Centers, we take Methadone Maintenance very seriously.  Our goal for every drug addict is abstinence.  Every MM client receives counseling to help them on road to recovery.  We want you to feel the hope that comes from a drug-free lifestyle as we have seen it happen for so many addicts.  It may take a little more time using a Maintenance program, but it’s much better than being stuck in a cycle of multiple relapses.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
 
Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.