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Vivitrol Questions and Answers

by James Heller 15. October 2012 11:56
Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Vivitrol as part of our Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
 
 
What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is a monthly injection of Naltrexone that is FDA approved for alcohol and opiate craving reduction.  This treatment reduces your risk of relapse by minimizing one of the major triggers that can lead you back to drinking or using drugs.  By clearing the mind of cravings, Vivitrol enables you to focus on treatment and the core issues you need to process.  All of this enhances your chance to achieve long-term recovery.

How much does Vivitrol cost?

The best answer to this is: Call us to find out.

As is the case with many medications, it is difficult to provide a solid price in a blog article.  How much you pay for Vivitrol at Tarzana Treatment Centers depends on whether you have health care coverage and from which funding source.  If you search websites for a price you will see prices varying by over $1000, which does you no good.  

Tarzana Treatment Centers accepts Medicare and Medi-Cal for Vivitrol treatment, with funding through AB 109 and LA Drug Court also available.  Also, there are rebate programs that come and go, so it would be irresponsible to publish a set price for individuals who opt to pay cash for the treatment.

What are the side effects of Vivitrol?

The most up-to-date list of side effects can be found on the Home page of the Vivitrol website at http://www.vivitrol.com.  It is important for you and your primary care physician to know these facts because, like many helpful medications, you may not be in a position to take Vivitrol.  

At Tarzana Treatment Centers, no patients have suffered severe side effects.  Minor injection site pain is often reported, along with other minor side effects.  They also report that these effects dissipate in a day or two.  We’ve also had patients who report no negative side effects at all.  It needs to be noted that the great majority of patients starting Vivitrol treatment get their first injection following medical detoxification.  So the body is going through changes that can cause pangs of one form or another anyway.  

More Questions?

Please contact us today.  We will be happy to answer your questions so you or your loved one can get the treatment needed.

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.

Holiday Health Considerations

by James Heller 9. October 2012 10:26
The holidays are not far off, so we suggest that you plan ahead to ensure they are joyful.  Don’t be the person who gets treated after the good times are over.  You should take care of your health now, because this time of year brings tension, celebration, and reunions that require good physical and mental condition.
 
 
For most, it’s a time of joy and family, gatherings, food, drinks, gifts, and seasonal entertainment.  Others may not engage in the festivities, but it is difficult for them to completely escape the collateral effect of all that is going on.  And, while it is mostly a time of merriment, there are aspects of the holiday season that are very unhealthy for some individuals.  

Tensions rise as we lead in to November and December due to financial issues, relationships or lack thereof, lost loves and those who’ve passed on, and other factors.  These can be minor issues, and don’t affect most people.  When they add up for one person, though, and they have a heart condition, are a senior, in recovery, or already under pressure, anxiety can get out of control.  Even worse, it can actually cause a heart attack or stroke.

Those who engage in alcohol or drug abuse tend to binge during the holidays, either for celebration or as a result of the tensions mentioned above.  Individuals in recovery are vulnerable to relapse at this time of year as well.  They may ruin parties, anger loved ones, break things, and, worst of all, cause an accident while driving.  Too many holiday parties, that were otherwise enjoyable, end in tragedy due to alcohol and drug abuse.

Tarzana Treatment Centers wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season.  To that aim, we are suggesting preventative care so that you may enjoy them to the fullest.  We want you to come see us before the tension rises and alcohol consumption increases, rather than when mounting health problems force you to see us after.

We provide preventative screenings at our clinics, including annual check-ups, cardio-pulmonary exams, and flu shots.  Seniors can get many of these preventative services under Medicare coverage.  For our friends suffering from substance abuse and addiction disorders, we can help with medical detoxification, residential and outpatient treatment, and Vivitrol treatment for alcohol or opiate craving reduction.  Our mental health treatment services are available for minor to severe disorders.

Please think ahead this year.  You will have a much better holiday season if you take a little time to prevent health problems.  Better yet, you will start a good habit for the new 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.

California Health Care – Medi-Cal and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

by James Heller 25. September 2012 08:42
When provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) go into effect in 2014, Medi-Cal will begin covering about 1.5 million new beneficiaries in California alone.  In addition, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 will more-likely be enforced due to the ACA.  This means that Medi-Cal will be required to cover many more individuals who need mental health care and substance use disorder treatment.  
 
 
These are important changes that, if handled properly, can benefit a large number of California citizens who have gone without vital mental health treatment due to lack of financial ability.  Tarzana Treatment Centers is proud to have our very own President, Albert Senella, taking a lead position to help the State organize what could be a very complicated situation.  His decades of health care and funding experience has given him a unique perspective of the changes that need to take place.

The California Healthline article, “Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment Changing”, details of the challenges and spells out the possible solutions.  It is an interesting look at differing approaches the State, treatment facilities, and professional organizations are taking to address health care funding.  We hope you will take a few minutes to become educated on this important topic.



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.

Caring for Children of Mothers in Early Recovery

by James Heller 11. September 2012 08:08
Early recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction is difficult for mothers with small children and infants, especially single mothers in lower income households. You can’t focus on your recovery while taking care of a child, and may not be able to afford the child care that would provide you with the necessary quiet time. When child care and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) are a part of treatment in early recovery, though, your chances of achieving long-term sobriety are much better.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides alcohol and drug treatment services for women with children.  We have two facilities in Long Beach and Tarzana where mothers can get the treatment they need, with child day care available.  Vivitrol treatment is also available for eligible patients being treated for alcoholism and opiate addiction.
 
 
When individuals begin a life of sobriety, everything changes.  Routines need to change, diets, friends, and even family relationships.  These aren’t all big changes, necessarily.  But they all require a certain amount of focus, and that means that daily “alone time” is needed.  Any single mother can tell you that this is nearly impossible without an outside hand, which is not always available.  Unfortunately, this means that many single mothers relapse early in recovery and often give up on the hope for a sober life.

Some would say that if these moms would put their children in child care, treatment would work better for them.  But even if the mother can afford child day care, she needs to rebuild broken bonds.  That’s difficult to do when there is a physical separation.  So it is a great benefit when mom and child can experience treatment together.  At Tarzana Treatment Centers our goal is to provide a temporary home for them.  In some cases, it is the best environment that the child has ever experienced.

Alcohol cravings and opiate cravings are major relapse triggers, and require a great deal of strength and motivation to overcome.  These cravings can get in the way of bonding efforts between mothers in recovery and their children.  For those who are eligible, Vivitrol is an alcohol and opiate craving reduction medication that Tarzana Treatment Centers provides after medical detoxification.  With cravings out of the way, mom can focus more on her recovery and relationship with her children.

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 for Women in Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 29. August 2012 14:05
The various aspects of alcoholism and opiate addiction happen faster for women.  Because of this, extra factors need to be considered when providing treatment for women, especially when children are involved.  Many of these factors can be minimized by including Vivitrol in alcohol and drug treatment for women.
 
 
The female human body processes alcohol and opiates differently than the male counterpart.  It takes lower quantities and less time for intoxication to occur, withdrawals appear faster and stronger, and dependence and “hitting bottom” appear sooner to the first use.  Social factors, coupled with alcohol or opiate cravings, can also make resisting relapse much more difficult.

Alcohol and opiate cravings are major relapse triggers for both men and women suffering addiction.  But women commonly face social situations that involve peer pressure, predators, and even violence that invite relapse.  While these situations and other forms of stress may be difficult to avoid, craving reduction can reduce the chance that a relapse will occur.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Vivitrol for alcohol and opiate craving reduction.  Alcoholics, heroin, and prescription painkiller addicts relapse in large part due to cravings.  By removing this trigger, women can better focus on core issues that keep them drinking or using drugs.  It also takes away the added pressure to drink or use in social situations.

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.

Medi-Cal Covers Vivitrol Treatment

by James Heller 20. August 2012 08:30
At Tarzana Treatment Centers, our goal is to provide healthcare to anyone in need.  One of the services we are known for is alcohol and drug treatment, which includes Vivitrol treatment.  This monthly Naltrexone injection reduces alcohol and opiate cravings and is covered by Medi-Cal.  Many who once felt hopeless are now in recovery and improving their lives.

We take pride in the fact that we help thousands of individuals, from all walks of life, every year.  Far too many have lost jobs and family, and have no health care coverage other than Medi-Cal.  Alcohol or drugs have dragged them into a world of despair.  A number of them will suffer multiple relapses because, even if they enjoy being sober, cravings lead them back to alcohol, heroin, or prescription pain killers.
 
 
The road back to treatment gets longer every time an alcoholic or a drug addict relapses.  When finances, legal issues, or relationships are a problem, the addicted mind will make them think that alcohol and drugs are the only answer.  So when they complete treatment, any craving for alcohol or their drug of choice threatens sobriety.  Constant relapses eat away at confidence, and convince them that there is no use in trying to improve their lives.

Medi-Cal has approved coverage for Vivitrol treatment at Tarzana Treatment Centers to help this group of individuals, among others.  Vivitrol takes cravings out of the picture during treatment, allowing patients to focus on core issues that keep them drinking and using drugs.  Once they get past the false belief that they don’t deserve better, it is more likely that they will want to take better care of themselves.  This gives them a better chance at long-term recovery and an improved life.

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 with Medicare and Medi-Cal Coverage

by James Heller 17. August 2012 08:24
For those eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal most healthcare expenses are fully covered.  This can be very good news for those who suffer from alcoholism or prescription pain killer addiction.  At Tarzana Treatment Centers, we provide Vivitrol treatment services so they can begin the process of recovery without cravings that can lead to relapse.

Vivitrol is Naltrexone, administered monthly by injection.  After medical detoxification for alcohol or opiates, if necessary, Vivitrol reduces cravings for these drugs.  Alcohol and opiate cravings are major triggers for relapse during the early months of recovery.  Craving reduction removes distractions, which improves chances at long-term sobriety.

Medicare is the Federal program that covers seniors and seriously disabled individuals.  Medi-Cal is the California state Medicaid program for people who meet low-income and asset requirements for eligibility.  Those who qualify for both are known as “Medi-Medi” or “dual eligible”.  Medicare is the primary coverage, and Medi-Cal provides secondary coverage.  The combined coverage is important for many who might not otherwise be able to afford necessary treatment.

A growing number of seniors suffer from substance use disorders and many of them live on fixed incomes.  Whether alcohol or drug abuse is the problem, their retirement years can be an emotional torture.  Medi-Medi coverage for Vivitrol gives them the chance to enjoy the senior years without being bound by addiction.  

An accident may cause a person to become disabled, for another example.  If painkillers were prescribed for severe pain, this person will likely form an opiate dependence.  No matter how innocent the circumstances, they are now a prescription drug addict.  When the pain is gone, the addiction needs to be treated at some point.  Vivitrol treatment at Tarzana Treatment Centers will aid in the recovery process, and allow for better focus on therapies for the original disability.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Tarzana Treatment Centers is you are Medi-Medi eligible and have a substance use disorder.

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.

Youth and Family Services at Tarzana Treatment Centers

by James Heller 3. August 2012 07:11
When the health of family members is a concern, you want to trust their health care only to quality providers.  This is especially true for children and seniors.  It is also helpful if all of your health care providers are at one location.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides many of the services you need to maintain good physical and mental health.  We also contract with several public funding sources so we can provide these services to anyone who needs them.  
 
 
Starting with our medical care clinics, physicians can attend to your physical health care needs in a clean and comfortable setting.  If you suffer from a mental health disorder, our licensed professionals are available for therapy.  Alcohol and drug addiction treatment is also available, including medical detoxification and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).  For individuals who are HIV positive, our well-renowned HIV Services can help manage your special needs.

Growing up can be difficult.  Our Youth Services staff specializes in treating teen alcohol and drug abuse, as well as adolescent mental health issues.  These problems can tear the family apart, so our youth programs are built to repair the bonds that have been broken.  Family members learn to accept one-another and work together, which strikes at the core of substance use disorders.  

We provide senior health services covered by Medicare and Medicare Advantage.  Along with medical care, mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment services are available.  These issues often go ignored by family members and seniors suffer needlessly.  We will provide services ranging from short-term therapy to residential treatment.

Tarzana Treatment Centers accepts Medi-Cal, Healthy Way LA (HWLA), and a few other forms of public funding for health care services.  You can call to find out if you are covered.  If you are not currently enrolled in a program, we can help you to apply.  We also accept most forms of private insurance, and private payment on a sliding scale based on your ability to pay.

Please call 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.

Medication and Technology in Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 1. August 2012 15:13
Alcoholism and drug addiction haven’t changed over time, and treatment still requires a certain level of patient motivation for recovery.  That motivation is the key to cultivating the deep-seeded desire to quit using alcohol or other drugs.  Forward thinking facilities, like Tarzana Treatment Centers, are using medications and technology to encourage patients to stay motivated.

When individuals make the decision to enter alcohol and drug treatment, motivation is at its highest level.  Whether the reason is legal, financial, or relationship, doesn’t matter.  It is only important to validate the motivation and encourage treatment.  From the moment of the decision, the addicted mind will begin to chip away at the motivation for recovery.

One way to slow the demotivation is to offer solutions to concerns that are often stated during the treatment admission process.  Previously failed attempts at recovery can cause pessimistic feelings.  Heavy work schedules and family needs can be a barrier to aftercare discussions.  Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) can bring optimism, and telehealth can break down barriers.

Alcohol and opiate cravings are major causes of relapse.  Tarzana Treatment Centers is a Vivitrol treatment provider.  Vivitrol reduces alcohol and opiate cravings, taking away the distraction that can hinder or put a halt to treatment.  Methadone Maintenance is also available for qualified opioid addicts who have struggled with multiple relapses.  MAT offers hope to individuals who are motivated for recovery, and have a simultaneous “what’s the use?” feeling.

Sometimes the timing of recovery motivation conflicts with work or family obligations, or transportation may be an issue.  Instead of labeling this as an “excuse”, Tarzana Treatment Centers offers telehealth services. Using secure video conference technology, you can attend counseling sessions from your home or office.   Telehealth is proving to be just as effective as face-to-face outpatient treatment.

When your loved one tells you they need help, don’t delay.  Please call us immediately, and we will help.

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.

Tarzana Treatment Centers Telehealth Program

by James Heller 11. July 2012 12:39
Connecting patients face-to-face with health care providers can be a challenge at times.  This is especially true when the patient suffers from mental health or substance use disorders.  Telehealth is a great solution whether the individual is already in treatment or is delaying the start of treatment.

Telehealth is a broad term for health care that is provided via email, phone, data transfer, or video conference.  The main benefit for patients is that they can be anywhere for treatment, as long as they have a computer with internet access or a phone available.  Tarzana Treatment Centers is currently using several telehealth delivery methods, and we plan to take advantage of more as they become available to us.

Tarzana Treatment Centers’ Telehealth Program makes it possible for patients in residential alcohol and drug treatment to visit with offsite providers without leaving the building.  Each patient has a secure account on the LiveVisit video conference application, and can meet with clinic physicians or licensed mental health professionals.  We also use telehealth video conferencing for outpatient clients.

Sufferers postpone getting treatment for mental health and substance use disorders more often than you might think.  When they finally do go to that first treatment session, almost all of them realize that the delay was unnecessary.  Tarzana Treatment Centers’ Valley Tele-Treatment Program (VTP) makes that first session more convenient.  Individuals can receive treatment via VTP for up to 90 days, or they may choose to start face-to-face sessions after that first one.  
For more information, please call 818-654-3821 or email vtp@tarzanatc.org 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.