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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.

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.

Alcoholism and Addiction May be Home for the Holidays

by James Heller 24. December 2013 09:24
When bright young teens go off to college, every parent hopes it will be the start of a promising future.  The new students experience some anxiety along with a new sense of independence, which can lead to experimenting with alcohol or drugs.  Studies about the facts of college alcohol and drug abuse show that this is a recipe for an early onset of alcoholism and drug addiction, and parents may get a surprise when their babies come home for the holidays.
 
 
The signs are always there.  If alcohol and drug abuse is unacceptable in a family, returning teens will do everything possible to hide it.  When parents are okay with the use of alcohol or drugs, the homecoming may just require a reduction in daily use, so as to not reveal a problem.  So, chances are, if your child came home drinking when they hadn’t before college, what you see them drink may just be a mask to hide the ugliness of bigger problem.

When college students get into the habit of drinking or using drugs to “let off steam” or “take the edge off”, they are learning to self-medicate.  This can be dangerous if alcohol or drugs become a coping mechanism and not just an occasional respite.  When emotions or stressors arise, the option to deal with them will diminish as the option to escape with substances will become more common.  They don’t learn to work through problems and become dependent on the chemical solution at the same time.  

Read more about college alcohol use, its effects, and how to spot trouble at this link:
Parents need to watch for the signs and intervene when they appear.  Lead off with a loving statement that you just want to make sure there isn’t a problem.  Maybe they just need to talk to someone and understand that stress and emotions are natural things to deal with.  If there is indeed is a problem, you may be surprised with a big hug and a plea for help.  In either case, to not bring it up out of fear over a possible confrontation is a big price to pay for the health of your loved one.

Here at Tarzana Treatment Centers we talk to people every day who desperately need alcohol and drug treatment, and others who are just going through stressful times who need a little therapy.  We provide substance use and mental health treatment for all levels of care.  If you are a college student and you are worried about your alcohol or drug use, or have a loved one who is, please call us today.
 
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.
  

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.

Drug Overdose after Rehab

by James Heller 30. July 2013 09:36
Celebrity deaths grab the public’s attention like almost no other news story.  The loss can be mourned by millions, and a certain voyeuristic opportunity emerges that tempts many to learn more about the private lives of famous people.  These elements are especially true when drug and alcohol abuse are involved.  Sadly, though, the important lessons from these are skimmed at best.
 
 
Corey Monteith, of Glee fame, died from a drug overdose after a recent stay in rehab.  He had problems with substance use since he was a teen, and was quite public about it.  So his latest treatment episode would come as no surprise to drug treatment professionals, which goes the same for the overdose.  Heroin addiction is driven by cravings that can arise at any time for years into recovery, and very few individuals can stay clean for life.  
Mr. Monteith’s relapse-rehab-death journey is similar to many overdoses.  It doesn’t always follow the same pattern or involve the same drug, but the accident occurs based on the same science.  It’s called an accident because the recovering alcoholic or drug addict has no intention of overdosing; they are only trying to satisfy a craving.  They will drink as much alcohol or use the same dosage of drugs they did “safely” before rehab, but the body is no longer tolerant of the substance.  

Tolerance to alcohol and drugs builds slowly over time with increased use and is lost very quickly after medical detoxification.  The body returns to somewhat normal operations because it doesn’t need to counteract the effects of substances.  It can’t just snap back to the former state of tolerance.  So, when an addict in recovery suddenly hits the body with the same amount of alcohol or drugs that they last used, the body can’t adjust quickly enough and will shut down in one way or another.  
Heroin is a major culprit in overdoses, mainly because opiate cravings can be overwhelming for addicts in recovery.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) are available to reduce cravings and minimize overdoses in early recovery.  Methadone Maintenance helps addicts with multiple relapses to focus more on recovery, with a goal of abstinence.  Vivitrol treatment reduces cravings after medical detoxification so abstinence can be maintained.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Medication Assisted Treatment services that include Methadone Maintenance and Vivitrol treatment.  Clients are assigned addiction counselors who will guide them toward a life of long-term abstinence.
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.


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.

CTN Connect Powered by Arkadin/Vidyo Comes to TTC

by James Heller 24. June 2013 09:23
Tarzana Treatment Centers is proud to have three member sites in the California Telehealth Network (CTN) since the State opened the agency.  The CTN brings together health care providers throughout the state using the latest in telehealth technologies.  Last Friday, CTN issued a press release introducing CTN Connect powered by Arkadin/Vidyo, a video conference application for its member sites.
 
 
You can see the press release by clicking on this link:

Tarzana Treatment Centers has been testing CTN Connect for a few weeks prior to this press release.  The Arkadin/Vidyo application is easy to use, which has made the staff training process a breeze.  It includes many complex features, like screen sharing and viewing options, and they can all be controlled by even the most novice users with an impressive simplicity.  Video and audio are crisp on both wired and wireless connections.

Staff members who have used CTN Connect for live sessions at Tarzana Treatment Centers have responded with high ratings for the new application.  In the first eight business days of use, the amount of clients served via telehealth has more than doubled using CTN Connect.  This is in only two departments, so we see a very good future with this application.
 
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.

Valley Tele-Treatment Program (VTP)

by James Heller 26. February 2013 15:10
 
by Charles Yeh, MSW, ASW, CADC II, Project Coordinator
 
The Valley Tele-Treatment Program (VTP) of Tarzana Treatment Centers utilizes tele-communications (phone, e-mail, and video-conferencing) to assess for substance abuse issues, and provide immediate individual counseling if appropriate.  By making access easier and more comfortable, and by combining the role of brief intervention with treatment, VTP can better help individuals at crucial moments concerning the risks and harm related to substance use.  Participation may be as brief as one telephone conversation, or extend up to six months, depending on each individuals need.  
 
A first goal of VTP is to reach more individuals, and to reach them sooner, to provide individualized prevention and early intervention for alcohol and substance use before consequences become severe, or individuals become dependent on alcohol or other drugs.  Because it is not necessary for individuals to travel to our facility in person, the initial apprehension individuals may feel about speaking with a certified alcohol & drug counselor is greatly reduced.  A second goal of VTP is to make treatment more accessible for individuals at all levels of substance use severity.  Not only does VTP allow individuals experiencing physical or transportation barriers to more easily access treatment, the flexibility of the program offers broad effectiveness for treatment:

  1. Low risk for harm—VTP offers a safe and confidential way to explore present issues and help to access the options available for help
  2. Moderate risk for harm—VTP offers counseling to help build coping skills, and to facilitate participation in an ongoing supportive community for recovery
  3. Severe risk for harm—VTP offers interim counseling to help maintain motivation and commitment to recovery when individuals are still waiting to receive residential or onsite outpatient treatment
  4. Already in recovery—VTP offers continuing support to individuals going through a difficult transition
 
VTP services are available in English and Spanish, and are no cost for qualifying individuals.  If you would like to access services, refer someone, or learn more about VTP, please call (818) 654-3821, or email vtp@tarzanatc.org.
 
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.

Get Help for Relapse Fast

by James Heller 16. January 2013 10:29
Setbacks occur for everyone.  You can plan ahead for everything you do, and you still can’t guarantee that it will all go your way.  For people in recovery, of all ages, it is a daily exercise to deal with this fact, and to avoid relapse.  If there is a relapse, the suggested action is to get help right away, especially for seniors.
 
 
Individuals in early recovery learn to accept what happens externally so they can better cope with events internally.  This is a foreign concept to the alcoholic and addict brain, and it takes years for most of them to put it into regular practice.   Even after years of “getting it”, something can happen that breaks down all strength, destroying all coping mechanisms, and leading individuals to drink alcohol or use drugs.

Tarzana Treatment Centers makes relapse recovery accessible and affordable for anyone who needs it.  Alcoholism and drug addiction treatment is not as simple as detox and groups anymore.  We offer Vivitrol treatment to reduce alcohol and opiate cravings, and telehealth video conferencing for our clients who can’t get to our treatment centers or live far away.  If finances are a problem, many of our services are covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal, AB 109 funding and other Los Angeles County health care funding programs like Drug Court.

We put great effort into helping you achieve long-term recovery.  We also recognize the commonality of relapse and won’t shame you.  There are no 100% solutions to substance use disorders.  It is rare for anyone to remain clean and sober for life after one treatment episode of any kind.  Our goal is to get you back on your feet so you can put your own effort into long-term recovery.  We can provide you with the best tools available in substance use treatment to improve your chance at success.

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.

Make the Holidays Happy this Year

by James Heller 4. December 2012 15:32
While this time of year brings joy and merriment to most of us, we in the substance use and mental health treatment field are all too familiar with those who find it troublesome.  Conflicts can arise from within, stemming from disorders that make social gatherings terrifying.  Or they can be substance induced, making someone an annoyance or worse at holiday gatherings.  If this was a problem for you or a loved one last year, we would like to suggest that you get help so the holidays can be pleasant going forward.
 
 
Anyone who suffers from mental health or substance use disorders, and their loved ones, are familiar with troubles during the holiday season.  Yet, each year, millions hope that conflicts and heartaches from the past won’t be repeated.  As a general rule, negative behavior gets in the way of the good times once again, every year.  

Mental health disorders can cause individuals to avoid social gatherings, in cases of depression, which can bring loneliness and bitter feelings.  Anxiety, Bi-Polar Disorder, and other conditions can result in tense outbursts or other negative behaviors at gatherings.  Their loved ones might say that they suffer as much, if not more, than the person with the disorder.  Sadness or anger becomes the prevailing emotions of the season for all involved.

Alcohol use is at an annual high due to holiday parties, out of school youths, and the seasonal servings of festive drinks.  The weather is colder, and many feel like they have an excuse to “let loose”.  When alcohol abusers drink more than usual, verbal conflicts, physical fights, and tragic accidents are a higher likelihood.  When alcohol is served at a large holiday gathering, at least one person is bound to be negatively impacted by an alcohol abuser.  And, we’re sorry that it still needs to be said, innocent people die from drunken driving accidents.  Alcohol abuse is in no way “festive”.

It’s the same pattern, year after year, that we see at Tarzana Treatment Centers.  Admissions for substance use and mental health drop as the holiday season approaches.  Then they rise somewhat sharply as the New Year begins, after the spotlight has been shown on individuals and their disorders. Most of them had considered entering treatment before the holidays, but put it off so they could enjoy them, as they say.

Whether the problems of last year were mild or severe, we suggest that you or your loved one speaks with a counselor before the first holiday gathering.  This is especially a good idea if problems have occurred more than once with an individual.  You deserve better.  Something as simple as a Vivitrol injection to reduce alcohol cravings may be the remedy.  It will help you to begin the process of healing, and you can become a part of the crowd that will enjoy a happy holiday season this year.

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 Reduce Substance Abuse in the Workplace

by James Heller 16. November 2012 15:15
Employee alcohol and drug abuse is a problem in almost every business category.  Management is often faced with weighing the value of substance abusing staff members with the potential problems that their behavior may cause.  The decision is not always easy, and the problem is sometimes swept under the rug. There is a solution, though, for employees who are willing to stop drinking and using drugs.
 
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers suggests the use of Vivitrol treatment.  If you want to keep an employee on staff, and they are willing to get help, this can potentially solve problems for both of you.  Vivitrol is a monthly injection of Naltrexone that reduces alcohol cravings and opiate cravings.  It is convenient and it works.  We have seen many patients achieve long-term sobriety after Vivitrol treatment, when they previously had multiple relapse issues.

Society associates some jobs with alcohol and drug abuse, and we won’t get into examples.  You probably can think of a couple of them.  The fact is that the problem exists in practically every type of job, including those you would never imagine.  Co-workers usually spot the problem before management and business owners discover it, and then those in charge need to decide how to handle the situation.  

Stress can often lead high-value employees to abuse alcohol or prescription painkillers.  To them, they are relieving stress.  To you, they are slowing down and are distracted by issues outside of work.  It is up to management to open the lines of communication with these individuals, and let them know they are worth keeping if they will get help.  Vivitrol treatment can be an investment in the increased productivity they can give to your company, and their own health.

While “zero tolerance” is a fair enough model, some states and contracts regulate businesses’ ability to terminate employment upon discovery of a substance abuse problem.  Since alcohol and drug abuse problems don’t get better without help, keeping these individuals on staff can be a potential hazard to the company.  Here is another area where Vivitrol treatment can save costs in the long run when individuals are willing to get help.

If you have an alcohol or drug abuse problem in the workplace, Vivitrol is an option worth investigation.  It can potentially improve your company’s bottom line, and it might save a life.  Please contact us for more information today.

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.

Vivitrol Aids Recovery from Addiction to All Drugs

by James Heller 26. October 2012 09:20
It’s very rare for addicts to be monogamous with their drug of choice.  They usually abuse alcohol as well.  Even if they don’t, alcohol use in early recovery could pave a path back to addiction with the same or another drug.  Especially when individuals have had multiple relapse issues, prevention of another could come in the form of alcohol craving reduction.
 
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Vivitrol for alcohol and opiate craving reduction.  This monthly injection of Naltrexone has helped many who suffer from alcoholism and opiate addiction.  They have achieved long-term sobriety when they previously struggled with relapses.  Vivitrol works with brain chemistry to minimize the distraction and temptation of this major relapse trigger.

Alcohol is a drug, just like any other.  Most addicts abused alcohol before they tried the drug they eventually became addicted to, and either combined the two (or more) or cut back on alcohol.  In any of these cases, alcohol holds a psychological connection with dependence on the drug of choice.  

In recovery, the suggestion is to remain abstinent from all drugs, including those that were not a part of the problem.  This is to avoid the problem of cross addiction.  The disease of Addiction causes sufferers to seek an escape mechanism because they can’t cope with normal life occurrences.  So, cocaine addicts in recovery might think it is okay to have a glass of wine because alcohol was not a problem before drug rehab.  

The addicted mind works in such strange ways that alcohol might not be the biggest threat.  Methamphetaminemarijuana, and cocaine addicts may have a history of being prescribed opiate painkillers from a past injury.  This is a great temptation for someone who is desperately trying to remain abstinent.  The “pain” mysteriously reappears, quite often, and the addict requests another prescription.  Unfortunately, there are far too many doctors who are willing to accommodate.

Whether the hope is to avoid alcohol or opiate abuse, Vivitrol is the solution.  After the first 30 days without alcohol or other drugs, recovering addicts of any drug will see the benefits of total abstinence.  By eliminating the possibility of cross addiction with alcohol or opiates, and blocking that psychological path to their drug of choice, addicts to any drug have a better chance for long-term recovery.

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.