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2010 World AIDS Day Celebration

by James Heller 19. November 2010 12:29

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles will participate in the 2010 World AIDS Day by holding a celebration at our central location in Tarzana, as we have for many years.  The theme for 2010 is Universal Access and Human Rights.  Much of the world’s HIV infected population lacks treatment because they don’t have access to it or suffer human rights violations.  Increased public awareness of these issues helps to battle the global HIV and AIDS epidemic, so we encourage all to attend.

Here are the details:

Date:        December 1, 2010
Time:        10:00am – 12:00pm
Location:   18646 Oxnard St.
                Tarzana, CA  91356
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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. 

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.

Video – Get Tested for HIV

by James Heller 30. August 2010 11:47

The HIV Services team at Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles produced an informative video that is meant to encourage individuals to be tested for HIV infection.  Statistics are provided during the video that explain why it is important that people who may not even think they are at risk should be tested.  HIV/AIDS treatment has come a long way over the past 20 years, but, left untreated, HIV can still lead to serious illness and death.

See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIN_kOEw3wg

The statistics presented might make you think twice if you believe you are not at risk for HIV infection.  When grouped together in a certain order, they tell a story:

* Over half of all new HIV infections in Los Angeles County are spread by people who have it and don’t know it.
* 69% of women living with AIDS in Los Angeles County got HIV through heterosexual (male with female) contact.
* African-Americans account for 22% of living AIDS cases in Los Angeles County.  
* Latinos make up the largest number of people living with AIDS of any racial and ethnic group in Los Angeles County.

The story goes like this:
When a man doesn’t know he is HIV positive, he may see no reason to avoid risky sexual behavior, needle sharing, or other means of spreading the virus.  He may have just one unprotected sexual encounter with a woman that he meets on a night out, and spread the virus to her.  And if he is sexually active with more than one woman, they are all at risk.  If he is an intravenous drug user, he may share needles with others and spread the virus to his friends.  All without being aware that he is doing so.

We share the African-American and Latino statistics to show that HIV is spreading at a rapid pace in these communities.  The best way to put a stop to the growing problem is for individuals to be tested.

HIV tests are confidential, and are offered at a low cost or free at many locations in Los Angeles County.  To be safe, it is best to be tested for HIV if you do not know the status of recent sexual partners and those with whom you may have shared needles.  It is best to be certain if you are HIV positive or negative.  If you are positive, you need to seek HIV/AIDS treatment so you don’t become ill.  To be blunt, dying from AIDS complications is a slow and painful process.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides storefront HIV testing in the San Fernando Valley.  If you find that you are HIV positive, you will want to ask about our renowned HIV services.  We staff caring individuals who not only know how to produce a video, but understand what you are dealing with and can provide you all of the services you need.

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.

All of our services are also available via video conference or phone as part of our telehealth services.

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.

A Celebration of Life and Hope for HIV/AIDS

by James Heller 20. November 2009 11:03

It doesn’t seem very long ago that a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS came with a sense of hopelessness.  Now the diagnosis can come with a motivation to live healthier and extend life.  And when being HIV positive is paired with drug addiction or alcoholism, hope and life must be celebrated.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles understands this and provides comprehensive HIV services as part of our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare in alcohol and drug treatment.  It is important for HIV positive patients to receive a continuum of care starting as soon as they enter drug or alcohol detox.  It is also important to celebrate life, as we have for several years now, by holding a World AIDS Day event.

We welcome you to join us for our World AIDS Day event, and celebrate life.  The event will include keynote speakers, live performances, food, prizes and more as we celebrate our continued fight for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.  Here is the information:

Date:          December 1, 2009
Time:         10am – Noon
Location:    18646 Oxnard St, Tarzana, CA  91356 <click for map>


World AIDS Day originated through the World Health Organization in 1988 and later turned over to the World AIDS Campaign (WAC) in 2005.  The theme for 2009, as it has been since the WAC took the reins, is “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise” with the subtitle “I Am…”

World AIDS Day is meant to raise awareness and money with the goal of defeating the deadly disease.  
Great progress has been made in extending the lives of HIV positive individuals, but we have a long way to go.  Public awareness about the virus is still lacking, and we still need to at least find a vaccine.

Slogans for 2009 events are “I am accepted”, “I am getting treatment”, and “I am well”.  They promote a positive attitude for all to see that those who are HIV positive can still lead productive lives.  With medication and treatment they can all contribute to society like anyone else.  There are still those in the general public who don’t know this, and take a fear-based approach to HIV/AIDS.

Advancements in medications and treatment for HIV/AIDS have been great over the past two decades.  Through healthy habits, medication, and treatment, individuals can live long and fruitful lives with HIV.  But it is expensive to live with HIV because of the high medical expenses.  So stopping the virus in its tracks is the ultimate goal of researchers.

For many years, researchers have tried to contain this virus.  The problem is that the virus mutates, which makes developing a vaccine very difficult.  Recent progress has been made in finding commonalities in all strains of the virus, opening the door to the discovery of a vaccine.  Research needs to continue to be funded through government and private grants so this can happen.

If you would like more details on the event, or need help with drug addiction or alcohol dependence and HIV, 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.

Testimonial: HIV Positive and Recovering from Drug Addiction

by James Heller 16. October 2009 07:23
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles greatly appreciates the many patient testimonials we receive.  In the interest of confidentiality and patient privacy, we go to great lengths before posting them for public viewing, so we couldn’t possibly show all of them.  Sometimes former patients will make their relationship with us public, which gives us a chance to show the positive results of the work we do.

The Daily Sundial of California State University, Northridge, posted an article about a former patient of Tarzana Treatment Centers.  While his name and picture are used the story, we will not.  The story is very informative about how he deals with being HIV positive, and his struggles with drug addiction.

In a follow-up interview with us, though, he expressed a desire to paint a clearer picture of his life in recovery and experience with Tarzana Treatment Centers.  His joy lies in recovery and he would like people to know that he does not dwell in the past, but instead uses his experiences to help others.

His hopeful optimism was evident when he spoke of the status of the relationship he has with his children.  While it is still in the rebuilding phase, and may be for some time, they are as open to moving forward and having dad back in their lives.  He shares daily conversations with them through text messages, and a phone call when possible, since they live out of state.

Future goals for this man in recovery include educating the HIV positive as well as non-positive population, and help to remove the stigma surrounding the disease.  He is currently studying Health Education at CSUN, and speaks for Positively Speaking.  He also works with the Tarzana Treatment Centers Community Advisory Board.

Staying active toward his goals proves to help in his own recovery from drug addiction.  He is an example of how positive behavior contributes to long-term recovery.  Due to the circumstances of his life, he is currently on disability and looks forward to the day that he can get back to work and get off of government assistance.  He is always looking forward.

While success in recovery greatly depends on an individual’s motivation, alcohol and drug treatment is often needed to encourage it or for that which is lacking.  For this patient, his motivation came from being tired of chasing a habit.  Knowing the problems his addiction had caused in his life led him to a desperate desire for help.  

Tarzana Treatment Centers was eager, as always, to make available everything he needed to get back on his feet and begin a new life.  “Tarzana Treatment Centers is amazing!” is all he could say to describe our part in his recovery.  He spoke highly of Charlon Davison, saying she was “perfect” when it came to leading him gently towards recovery and taking care of his new health needs.

We wish all of our former patients well, and continued recovery.  This gentleman is a fine example of how recovering individuals contribute positively to society, and are true assets.  Seeing former patients turn a downward spiraling life around makes all of our work worthwhile.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a wide range of HIV services as part of our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare in alcohol and drug treatment.  If you or a loved one are HIV positive and need help with alcoholism 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.

Drug Abuse and HIV

by James Heller 13. April 2009 09:30
The link between Drug abuse and HIV/AIDS has been known since the beginning of the epidemic. The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) public service campaign, Learn the Link, explains that although injection drug use is well known as the cause of many new HIV infections, the role that non-injection drug abuse plays in the spread of HIV is less recognized. Drug abuse by any route can put a person at a higher risk for getting HIV. Many drugs alter judgment and inhibition.   Crystal Meth, Cocaine, Ecstasy, GHB, and Alcohol are just a few of the non-injected  drugs which lead people to engage in unsafe behaviors that they would not normally choose if it were not for  the influence of drugs.

Altering judgment and inhibition is not the only link between non-injected drug use and HIV/AIDS. Drug abuse and addiction often affects a person’s overall health, thereby increasing their susceptibility to HIV.  For those already infected by HIV, drug abuse can increase the rate at which HIV progresses to AIDS.

Research has shown that drug abuse treatment is an effective way to prevent the spread of HIV. Drug abusers in treatment stop or reduce their drug use as well as the risky behaviors related to their drug addiction.  Tarzana Treatment Centers takes its 35 years of experience in drug addiction treatment and combines it with its expertise in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, and develops unique and effective drug treatment programs.  This uniqueness and effectiveness can be found in TTC’s Medical Detoxification program, Residential Drug Treatment programs, and Outpatient Drug Treatment programs.

More information about the link between HIV/AIDS and drug abuse is available at NIDA’s Learn the Link public service campaign’s website, http://hiv.drugabuse.gov/english/learn/abuse.html.

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