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Meth Addiction is Trouble for Women

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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Multi-Cultural Health Month

by James Heller 9. April 2010 13:51

California has designated the month of April as Multi-Cultural Health Month.  The focus for 2010 is on heart disease in men, the number one killer in the state.  Alcoholism and drug addiction can lead to heart disease in those who suffer.  Since the disease of addiction crosses cultural boundaries, Tarzana Treatment Centers is happy to participate in bringing awareness to the public about multi-cultural health care.

Any discussion about multi-cultural issues can be extended to include what are known as subcultures.  A subculture can be any group that shares concerns, values, traditions, and other areas of interest.  Effective alcohol and drug treatment requires knowledge of and specialization for certain subcultures because, even though addiction is the same for everyone, leading individuals to recovery requires empathy.

Focusing on subcultures is not about pigeonholing individuals.  The point is to be aware of cultural beliefs that come from being a part of a subculture, and to treat patients with sensitivity to those beliefs.  This helps to keep patients in treatment when relapse interventions are needed, and connects existing positive beliefs with the benefits of long-term recovery.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles focuses on cultural sensitivity among staff in many ways.  Even though we only hire direct patient staff that has completed courses in treating patients from subcultures, we provide staff trainings on the subject.  There are rarely any language barriers, as well, since we have many staff members who speak various foreign languages.  Best of all, we provide specialized services for some cultures and subcultures.

Our highly regarded HIV services program has evolved over the past two decades.  The needs of gay and transgender patients in HIV treatment require special focus, especially when alcohol dependence or drug addiction is a factor.  Because of this, both staff and other patients attend education groups so HIV positive patients can feel comfortable and their privacy remains intact.

We also have a Native American alcohol and drug treatment track that brings culture and tradition into treatment.  Native American men still suffer a high incidence of alcoholism, which is often responsible for heart disease.  The program includes traditional sweat lodge ceremonies and in-house Wellbriety groups.

Other individuals who may require special attention are undocumented persons, women with children, veterans with mental health needs, those with hepatitis C or Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and senior citizens.  There are too many subcultures in America for anyone to relate to them all.  But since our staff is so culturally diverse, it is likely that all subcultures can feel comfortable with us.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides all of the services listed above and more.  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.

Trauma Informed Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 18. February 2010 13:26
A trauma-informed approach to alcohol and drug treatment is helpful to many patients in a gender specific setting.  In women-only alcohol and drug treatment, trauma has been reported to be an issue for as high as 90% of the client census by some providers.  So staff members must be trauma informed in order to help them begin the recovery process.

According to the National Trauma Consortium, trauma is defined as:

Trauma means experiencing, witnessing, or being threatened with an event or events that involve actual serious injury, a threat to the physical integrity of one’s self or others, or possible death. The responses to these events include intense fear, helplessness, or horror.
-- Source: http://www.nationaltraumaconsortium.org/documents/IntegratedTrauma.pdf --

Understanding what trauma is and what it does to an individual helps alcohol and drug treatment counselors to empathize with patients when it is present.  Since most trauma sufferers don’t immediately verbalize the problem, or are unaware of it, being trauma-informed helps staff to note behaviors that indicate it.  This influences the proper approach in counseling sessions and group settings.

Women suffer trauma in higher percentages than men in alcohol and drug treatment.  It is likely that in gender-specific treatment the majority of patients have had a traumatic experience while active in their alcohol dependence or drug addiction.  When this is the case, groups and one-on-one sessions need to include discussions on trauma in a manner that helps every patient.

Counselors need to be aware of which patients, and how many, have suffered trauma.  Especially in a group setting, trauma patients are unlikely to be open about their pain.  However, when patients know they are not alone and a majority of their peers can relate to them, an opportunity for open discussion is presented.  The topic can be suggested by a group facilitator, although it is best to let patients present their own pain.

When counselors are not trauma-informed, important treatment objectives may be overlooked and will certainly not be properly treated.  It is necessary to include mental health treatment since trauma is considered a co-occurring disorder.  Also, the reason for their trauma may include health issues resulting from alcohol or drug abuse, so primary medical care and HIV services should also be a part of treatment.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides all of the services mentioned above as part of our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare.  They are all offered individually or included in alcohol or drug treatment.  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.

Gender Responsive Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 18. February 2010 12:48
Women patients require a gender responsive approach in alcohol and drug treatment.  Life circumstances are usually more complicated for women than men and more negative and traumatic experiences can occur while engaging in alcohol dependence and drug addiction.  So it is especially valuable when a treatment center can address all of these issues.

A gender responsive approach suggests attention to the particular characteristics and needs of women in treatment programs at all levels of care, medical detoxification, residential, and intensive outpatient for example.  Staff in women-only alcohol and drug treatment must have knowledge in these areas first, and then be able to respond to the different levels of need patients present.

Women are much more likely to be single parents than men upon admission to alcohol and drug treatment.  In addition to providing child care for women who need it, staff also needs to be aware of the mother/child relationship and any legal issues surrounding the family.  In cases where the child will be cared for by family or friends, contact should be made immediately and a relationship established to prepare for any possible interruptions in care.

The consequences of alcohol abuse and drug abuse also play a large part in women-only treatment.  Women tend to face more legal issues as accessories to crimes, simply by being present at the scene and having knowledge of them, as well as having engaged in prostitution or drug trafficking.  In any case, legal issues must be a part of treatment plans.  

A trauma-informed approach is part of gender responsive treatment because anywhere from 30% to 90% of patients in a women-only treatment center have experienced some form of trauma.  These patients may require mental health treatment and medical care or HIV services as treatment for co-occurring disorders.  

A safe environment and security is also important for both women and children.  Patients need to feel they are safe from individuals they believe are an emotional or physical threat.  Children need a sense of security and understanding for many obvious reasons, but especially because they may have suffered abuse as well.  Patients and children also need to know they are safe from significant others who may be trying to find and harm them.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles staffs individuals who take a gender responsive approach to alcohol and drug treatment for women.  Our Long Beach facility provides a safe and secure setting for women to receive alcohol and drug treatment that includes all of the services mentioned above and more.  Qualified individuals can also take advantage of our onsite child care services that include a nursery and parenting classes.

We strive to provide integrated behavioral healthcare to individuals from all walks of life, including Native American services.  If you or a loved one needs help for 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.