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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.

Telemedicine Uses – Mental Health Treatment

by James Heller 9. September 2010 07:34
Many individuals suffer needlessly, delaying or declining treatment for mental health disorders.  A good portion of them know that they could benefit from treatment, but have fears or time constraints that prevent them from attending sessions at a treatment center.  Telemedicine may be the solution that will bring them freedom.

We all know that mental health disorders range from mild to severe cases, and all of the sufferers benefit from some form of treatment.  A grieving person may just need someone to help process feelings of loss in a few sessions, and another who suffers from social phobias can be treated with therapy or medication.  But the former may have high job demands that limit time to visit a treatment center, and the latter might not be able to leave the house out of fear.  These are only two examples that prevent those in need of treatment from getting it.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Office of Applied Sciences reported on unmet mental health treatment needs within its 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.  About 10.6 million adults reported unmet needs for treatment.  A little over 30% of them expressed concerns labeled “Did not have time”, “Concerned about confidentiality”, and “Might cause neighbors/community to have negative opinion”.  All of these relate directly or indirectly with travel to a treatment center on a regular basis.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides telemedicine to allow this group of individuals to get treatment using video conference with a webcam and computer with internet access.  Those with little time can simply log in to a session from their home or office.  Family, friends, and neighbors will not ask questions about the sudden evening trips, and the chance of being seen at a treatment center is almost eliminated.  The TherapyLiveVisit application we use, powered by MDLiveCare, sits behind several layers of encryption, removing any concerns about security or confidentiality.

We also provide telemedicine services for medical care and addiction treatment.  You may also see these services called telehealth, telemental health, and online treatment.

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.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

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.

Now Providing Online Treatment 24/7

by James Heller 24. June 2010 10:08
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles has taken pride in our efforts to remain current with health technology advancements.  We have now partnered with MDLiveCare to provide telemedicine services.  This will enable us to offer alcohol and drug treatment, mental health treatment, and medical care via video conference technology, which will allow access to more individuals who need these services.

Please click the link below to read the press release:

MDLiveCare® Health Services, Inc. Announces Agreements in California, Florida and Illinois as It Continues Building National Provider Network and Licensing Relationships


Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides 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.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

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.

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Addiction Treatment

by James Heller 5. April 2010 07:48
Addiction treatment not only covers addictive substance, but behaviors as well.  The little-known fact is that the disease of addiction can manifest itself in behaviors.  Like with substances, behavioral addictions can be just as damaging financially, legally, and in relationship matters.

In alcohol and drug treatment, counselors regularly warn patients about cross-addictions with other substances.  Better yet is to warn about behavioral addictions because it is common for those in recovery to engage in them.  Shopping, eating, sex, and any other behavior that is used to avoid feeling emotions qualify.  Addicts will feel a sense of relief and obsess over these actions just like they would a drug.

When recovering addicts act on these obsessions and go on a shopping spree, for example, this could cause financial troubles.  Finances are a major source of conflict in relationships, so those troubles may follow.  Untreated, the obsession can lead to legal problems relating to finances, relationships, and even criminal charges.  In many cases the addict knows there is a problem, but is powerless in halting the behavior.

Recent news about Tiger Woods has made sex addiction treatment a household phrase.  Regardless of one’s opinion about Mr. Woods, sex addiction is real and is the source of many family problems.  Like other behavioral addictions, this type afflicts men and women alike.  For both, medical problems like Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and HIV can be added risks with sex addiction.

Support groups are very helpful for individuals with behavioral addictions.  Addiction treatment is necessary, though, when they also engage in substance abuse.  It is the same concept as poly-substance abuse.  Those who suffer from methamphetamine addiction and occasionally abuse alcohol need treatment for both, even though they aren’t dependent on alcohol.  If one is not treated, the addict will surely transfer the obsession to that substance or behavior.

All of this suggests that addiction treatment is more effective when it includes medical care, HIV services, and mental health treatment for patients who need it.  And it is even better when a treatment center provides these services under one roof.  Patients can then receive treatment for their addictions as well as a continuum of care for co-occurring disorders and medical issues.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides all of the services above and more as part of our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence or drug addiction, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

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.