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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.

Vivitrol Improves Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorder Treatment

by James Heller 16. October 2012 11:50
When individuals suffer from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, treatment for both becomes a challenge.  This is largely due to the double impact of alcohol or drug cravings compounded by a desire to feel “normal”.  If the cravings are reduced to a level where they are no longer a trigger, this can greatly improve chances for successful therapy.

Tarzana Treatment Centers has found success in treating dual diagnosis sufferers with Vivitrol.  This monthly Naltrexone injection reduces cravings for alcohol or opiates, like heroin or prescription drugs.  Patients eligible for Vivitrol treatment have experienced longer terms of sobriety, making therapy more effective.
 
 
Substance use and mental health disorders can be difficult to treat on their own.  When they co-occur with an individual, both need to be treated as primary problems.  Each disorder will work against treatment of the other.  So treatment must be equally focused on both disorders or patients will almost certainly fall into a cycle of chronic relapses.  They must remain sober and clear-headed during therapy and, at the same time, resist the psychological urge to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs.

Providing medications to treat mental health disorders only works as long as patients are willing to take them.  Even if they do take them and begin to feel better, they may decide that they can handle a drink or go back to using drugs.  Relapses hinder therapy for mental health disorders because patients might disappear for some time or, at least, they won’t be able to focus on the core issues that make them abuse alcohol or opiates.

Vivitrol is highly effective in this area due to the fact that it only needs to be administered once every 30 days.  Patients don’t need to think about it.  And, once they get the injection, they can’t decide to stop taking it after a few days.  A window of 30 days is open to the patient and therapist where they can make great strides in the work they need to do.  And when patients see progress in those 30 days, they are more likely to continue with the monthly injections.

Tarzana Treatment Centers has seen patients achieve several months of sobriety and improved lives after Vivitrol treatment, when they had previously struggled to stay clean and sober for only a couple of weeks.  Please contact us today for more information.

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.

Medicare and Medicare Advantage Services

by James Heller 6. July 2012 08:23
Tarzana Treatment Centers accepts Medicare and Medicare Advantage for a variety of healthcare services.  Primary medical care is certainly a priority for seniors to maintain good health.  We also cover medically necessary treatment for drug addiction and mental illness

The senior years can be very enjoyable.  This time of life also comes with many changes, both personal and environmental.  The environmental changes include relocation, loss of friends and family, financial concerns, and even the amount of medical care you need.  What this means is that you need to take care of yourself and remain aware of how environmental changes are affecting you.  We aim to help you through these issues so they don’t become the focal point of your senior years.

Mental health concerns arise for seniors because of the changes they face.  Obviously, when a long-time spouse or friend passes on there is grief to deal with.  Depression can accompany the grief even for the strongest of characters.  When the spouse who handled the finances and other concerns passes, it can leave the surviving spouse with great anxiety.  Sadly, too many seniors suffer loneliness due to infrequent visits from family members.

Drug addiction can seemingly come out of nowhere for seniors.  Individuals who rarely had a cocktail may be prescribed a painkiller for chronic pain.  Initially, this is fine and the pain is relieved.  But when they feel another type of relief, like an escape from the feeling of loneliness, they may continue to use the drug in increasing amounts and become addicted.  If their doctor refuses to continue filling the prescription, they may even resort to using illegal drugs.

For seniors suffering mental health or drug addiction disorders, or co-occurring disorders, physical health can quickly become a casualty.  It is important that you be treated for these problems right away so you don’t suffer needless medical problems.  

We staff quality mental health professionals who will handle your case with sensitivity in a confidential setting.  Our variety of treatment methods for drug addiction, including medical detoxification, counseling, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), provides for a tailored treatment plan that will help you get back into life.

Click this link to see our Medicare services brochure:

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 dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, 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 Covers Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 11. June 2012 15:01
Medicare covers much more than basic medical care, which is probably not a big surprise to anyone.  What may be news is that mental health treatment and alcohol and drug treatment are covered.  This is important to know because an increasing number of seniors are in need of these services, and Tarzana Treatment Centers provides all of them.

Senior alcohol and drug abuse can begin with anxiety, depression, physical pain, and even social factors like loneliness or boredom.  One may begin drinking earlier in the day, which can progress until cocktail hour is at 9am.  Another individual may be prescribed painkillers or anxiety medication, like Vicodin or Xanax, and become addicted because negative feelings don’t feel so bad with them.  These are just two examples of how senior substance abuse can start.  

Addiction survivors are entering their senior years, and many of them are going back to alcohol and other drugs.  The substance use may not be very different from past senior generations, but the stigma of being drunk or high is not as prevalent with the Baby Boomers.  On one hand, this means that recreational drugs, like cocaine and crystal meth, are sometimes abused.  And on the other hand, family members might feel at ease discussing the need for alcohol or drug detox with this group.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides addiction and mental health treatment under Medicare coverage. We know what other problems to look for when addiction is presented as a primary problem with seniors.  And we can usually treat all of them under one roof.  We want to help make the golden years special and not filled with problems.

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 dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

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.

New HIV Medical Care Clinics in the Antelope Valley

by James Heller 12. November 2010 15:22
Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. in Los Angeles (TTC) plans to open one HIV medical clinic in Palmdale and a second clinic site in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley (AV).  Tarzana Treatment Centers will provide low and no cost primary medical care, specialty care, dental care, case management, mental health, and transportation assistance to Antelope Valley residents living with HIV/AIDS.  This is yet another example of our commitment to provide integrated health services to underserved individuals in Southern California.

Tarzana Treatment Centers already treats thousands every year for medical, mental health, substance use, and behavioral disorders.  Our expertise doesn’t stop with providing a wide array of services, though.  We integrate services so patients can receive all of them “under one roof”.  Even if patients need long-term residential alcohol and drug treatment, for example, we provide the health care services they need so treatment is not interrupted.

The original goal of health care integration was to provide worry-free treatment to substance abuse and behavioral health patients, and it has evolved to include most common health care needs.  By applying this to HIV/AIDS services we set the stage for patients to live long and fruitful lives.  This is because many of them live with substance use and/or mental health disorders which can deter them from getting the treatment they need.  By integrating health services, we can treat all issues for each patient.  And in most cases, we can treat them all at the same time.

With an expert staff of medical and behavioral health providers, our new clinic sites in the Antelope Valley will serve 350 patients living with HIV/AIDS in the first year of operation.  As with the HIV services we provide in the San Fernando Valley, patients will have access to needed medications, medical care, mental health treatment, alcohol and drug treatment, and more.  The Office of AIDS Programs and Policy (OAPP) grant that funds the clinics allows us to also provide services for oral health needs, lab work, and transportation as well.

The inclusion of case management for medical and mental health is what most benefits our patients living with HIV/AIDS.  Individuals who have medical and mental health issues that require treatment, for example, can schedule appointments in the same time frame at one location.  A Case Manager oversees patients’ treatment to ensure they get all of the services they need.  This means convenience and better health for HIV positive individuals seeking health care at Tarzana Treatment Centers.

Comprehensive assessment services at Tarzana Treatment Centers give our Case Managers a clear picture of the health care needs for each new patient.  After medical and psychological assessments, lab tests, and basic interviews, we know the primary and secondary issues that patients face.  We can then admit patients into our various programs as needed, and Case Managers can follow their progress and adjust treatment as may be necessary.

Health care becomes a top priority for individuals when they discover they are HIV positive.  Tarzana Treatment Centers seeks to decrease the number of those who postpone treatment for any reason with these convenient clinics.  When more of the HIV positive community receives treatment, we have a chance to limit spreading of the virus.  So our HIV treatment services not only help the individuals we treat, but the public at large as well.

The mission of Tarzana Treatment Centers at our HIV medical clinics is to help individuals to live long and healthy lives.  We provide a setting that encourages them to look forward at life, in a positive manner.    Our patients are therefore empowered to live normal lives and continue with the treatment they need.  We make them active players in treatment which gives them a better sense of self and ownership.

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.

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.

Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT)

by James Heller 15. December 2009 10:38
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles recently participated in a pilot project by The State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) using the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT) scale.  The DDCAT assesses capabilities of alcohol and drug treatment or mental health programs on 7 dimensions, using a 5 point scale on 35 items.  We have been developing our dual diagnosis program for many years, so this project was an opportunity for us to see how far we’ve come.

The DDCAT index was developed in 2007 to fill a need in the assessment of program capabilities.  Today the DDCAT index is applied in over 20 state systems, as well as internationally, and is being used in the assessment of private programs nationwide.

Each dimension is assessed on a number of specific, supporting items (#); Program Structure (4), Program Milieu (2), Clinical Process: Assessment (7), Clinical Process: Treatment (10), Continuity of Care (5), Staffing (5), and Training (2).  Using specified items to assess these dimensions allows for a clearer picture of treatment settings for dual diagnosis patients in addiction treatment.

Following the assessment, programs are categorized in 3 taxonomies; Addiction Only Services (AOS) or targeting primarily those with substance abuse problems with little or no support for psychopathology, Dual Diagnosis Capable (DDC) for programs that offer services to those with stable and low-severity conditions, and Dual Diagnosis Enhanced (DDE) programs can respond to varying cases of psychopathology up to those which are severe.

This pilot project was yet another validation of our commitment to provide the best services possible for patients with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.  Our program was recently hailed by California State University Long Beach, in a report to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as “… the most capable program to address co-occurring disorders statewide.”  As it turns out, ADP assessed Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles at the DDE level of care with a very high score of 163 out of 175 points.  We scored a perfect 5 points or near perfect on 4 of the 7 dimensions of DDCAT.  Of course we are very happy with ADP’s assessment during the survey.  

Our dual diagnosis treatment track begins upon admission, at the first stage of treatment.  Patients are assessed for mental health disorders in terms of current treatment, medications, and self and family history.  When it is determined that mental health treatment is needed for a patient, our psychological staff is immediately alerted as to which level of care they will need.  Whether patients have long histories of severe mental illness or no history with new symptoms of minor issues, treatment can begin as early as during alcohol or drug detox.  

Our psychiatry staff is available for those with severe disorders requiring medication.  Psychologists and interns are also alerted to these cases for the purpose of providing round the clock monitoring if needed.  Our program ensures that even patients with severe mental health issues can receive successful alcohol or drug treatment.

On the other end of the severity scale, minor mental health issues are common with those who suffer from alcohol dependence and drug addiction.  Our staff routinely conducts an Addiction Severity Index (ASI) with each patient.  If mental health problems come to light that fall outside the realm of addiction-related, patients will be referred for further therapy throughout treatment.

We make it easy for patients to get the treatment they need.  We also offer specialized groups to all patients so they will learn about themselves and the typical psychological issues that are associated with alcoholism and drug addiction.  This serves to ease the minds of those who may worry they suffer mental illness, and to let those who actually do to see that they are not alone.

Our mental health services do not stop when alcohol and drug treatment is completed.  Whether they have the ability to pay out-of-pocket or need assistance, patients can get help with housing, employment, education, and other services that will assist them in re-entering a normal life among their fellows.  

Our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare is driven by our high standards and a desire, at all levels, to provide it to each patient.  Where mental health is concerned, staff is trained to recognize signs that a problem may exist.  This is important because some patients may not present with symptoms upon admission, and may be reluctant to disclose issues that could lead to a diagnosis.

At Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles we do not limit care for co-occurring disorders to mental health and alcohol and drug treatment.  Our very highly-rated HIV services are available to those who need them, as well as medication assisted treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction.  And let us not forget that teens are not immune to these problems.  Our youth alcohol and drug treatment program offers specialized dual diagnosis treatment as well.  These are just a few examples.

We are proud of the high marks we received from ADP.  But that doesn’t mean that we will be resting on our laurels.  In order to provide the level of service we expect from ourselves, we must continue to improve processes and stay educated on new developments in mental health and addiction treatment.  As long as there are individuals in need of treatment, we will continue to evaluate and improve our own services.

If you or a loved one needs help for alcohol dependence or drug addiction with 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.