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Vivitrol and Criminal Justice

by James Heller 27. March 2014 15:00
It’s more common than ever for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to be used as a rehabilitation tool in criminal justice cases involving alcohol and other drugs.  Vivitrol is one of the medications used.  It is a more effective way to reduce crimes like Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and those of a more violent nature, because substance use is often leads to many crimes.  Coupled with effective treatment, this approach brings positive change to former offenders, their loved ones, and the public.
 
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers has worked with clients facing criminal charges for many years through L.A. Drug Court, Prop 36, and other programs.   It is part of our commitment to the community.  We have also provided several forms of MAT, with Vivitrol being among the most successful in outcomes.  Programs that provide Vivitrol to clients with criminal backgrounds are both in the area of our expertise.

Addressing Substance Use issues with medication and treatment has already been proven to reduce our clients’ contacts with criminal justice agencies (arrests, probation, etc.).  Studies have shown a range from approximately 30 to 70% improvements.   It also greatly lowers re-incarceration rates by as much as 50%.  It can be compared to gas in a car.  If you stop filling the tank, the car stops working after a short time.  So the idea is to keep the tank dry.

Vivitrol is effective for MAT because it helps reduce cravings for both alcohol and opiates, which are the two major crime-fueling drugs.  Vivitrol patients need to complete alcohol or drug detox before starting treatment, and they need to be assessed for eligibility.  Upon approval, patients receive an injection every 30 days until treatment is completed.  Alcohol or opiate cravings reduce and allow patients to better focus on individual and group counseling sessions that they attend as part of their treatment.

Most of the clients referred to TTC by criminal justice did not decide to begin a life of crime.  They became trapped in a lifestyle driven by addiction, and either suffered behavior changes or committed crimes to support a large drug habit.  Recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction is the light at the end of the crime tunnel for them and they can once again feel hopeful about a better life.  Sometimes traditional counseling isn’t enough or the temptation is too great to return to that life, and Vivitrol and other MAT programs are now available.

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.

Methadone Maintenance Available Every Day

by James Heller 26. December 2013 08:36
Addiction to heroin and prescription opiates can become so serious that harm reduction is needed on the road to abstinence.  Methadone Maintenance (MM) helps reduce the cravings that an addict experiences, removing the distraction that often leads to using heroin or prescription drugs.  So it is important that, once MM treatment begins, a providing clinic is accessible every day.
 
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers Methadone Maintenance program is open every day of the year, including holidays.  The great majority of other MM clinics, on the other hand, are closed on weekends and holidays.  It makes sense to us that a program to reduce harm is available when harm is most likely to be done.  Whether boredom or anything else ramps up cravings on these days, addicts enrolled in an MM program shouldn’t need to wait until the next open day to get relief or counseling.

Another problem with off days at the MM clinic is that doses might be sent home so that clients won’t need to wait for them.  This is sometimes okay, but, with all due respect to those clients, it is a practice that can be dangerous if not deadly.  Methadone has a long half-life and stays in the body for up to 48 hours.  If an addict takes a dose too early, it could result in an overdose.  So it is important that doses are closely monitored by an available medical professional.

At Tarzana Treatment Centers, we take Methadone Maintenance very seriously.  Our goal for every drug addict is abstinence.  Every MM client receives counseling to help them on road to recovery.  We want you to feel the hope that comes from a drug-free lifestyle as we have seen it happen for so many addicts.  It may take a little more time using a Maintenance program, but it’s much better than being stuck in a cycle of multiple relapses.

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.

Drug Overdose Awareness

by James Heller 30. August 2013 09:30
Do you know what to do in the event of a drug overdose?

How can you prevent drug overdoses?

What can you do if you or a loved one is an overdose survivor?
 
 
More Americans die from drug overdoses, each year, than from automobile accidents or firearms.  It’s a growing problem that seems to be occurring under the radar of most individuals.  Awareness of the problem is the first step to reversing this trend, so please continue reading and share this with your friends and family.
Sadly, most people think of street-bound heroin addicts when they hear “overdose”.  But the highest percentage of these deaths involves prescription painkillers.  Much of the time, the drugs are obtained legally from a physician, but the patient either becomes addicted or accidentally takes too high of a dose.  It often comes as a shock to loved ones who didn’t think it could happen with legal drugs, or they just ignored the problem all together.

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 is International Overdose Awareness Day.  Tarzana Treatment Centers encourages you to become educated about prescription drug abuse and addiction, how overdoses can occur, and what you can do to prevent them.  It is also important to know what to do in the event of an overdose, and how to be or live with an overdose survivor.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed some material which can get you up to speed.  The tool kit is free and you can find it at this link:
Tarzana Treatment Centers provides a wide array of treatment services for opiate addictions.  Medical Detoxification systematically cleanses the body of opiates in preparation for further addiction treatment.  We also provide two forms of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) with Methadone Maintenance and Vivitrol.  Vivitrol is a post-detox medication that reduces opiate cravings, and Methadone Maintenance is meant for addicts who have had multiple relapses and need a little more help on the road to total abstinence.
 
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.

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.

Maintenance, Not Heroin

by James Heller 1. May 2013 09:25
Statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health have confirmed our concerns about prescription drug use.  With prescription painkillers (opiates and opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin) becoming more difficult to obtain, individuals addicted to them are switching to heroin.  If you are considering a change like this, we would like to offer an alternative solution that could lead to a better life for you and your family; Methadone Maintenance.
 
 
The amount of first-time heroin users had almost doubled from 2007 to 2011.  A large part of the increase is due to crossover addicts who previously used prescription drugs.  These drugs are quite effective when they are used as prescribed, and if use ceases in the short term.  But they are also highly addictive, so it is not uncommon for patients to “doctor shop” or to obtain them illegally when their physician stops prescribing them.

The demand for illegally sold pain killers exploded about a decade ago when they became popular with teens and young adults.  Doctors were also prescribing drugs like Vicodin (Hydrocodone) for simple headaches, when it is meant for the relief of more serious pains.  When the US Drug Enforcement Administration discovered the flood of illegal opiates on the streets, they started imposing regulations to stem the tide.

As the supply shrank, addicts still needed their opiate fixes.  So many of them have turned to heroin because it is easier to find and it’s cheaper.  The bad news for them, though, is that they get more shackled into their addiction instead of taking the cue to get help.  Many of them have tried to detox several times, but opiate cravings are so strong that they fail every time.  So they hopelessly feel that they have no choice but to live a drug-addicted life.

There is hope.  Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Methadone Maintenance treatment for qualified individuals who have not been successful in achieving long-term abstinence from opiates.  Our services are tailored specifically to those who want to recover from prescription painkiller and heroin addiction.  While Methadone treatments reduce your cravings for opiates, our addiction counselors guide you to a comfort level that will enable you to approach abstinence with confidence.  When you are ready, you can begin our Medical Detoxification program.

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 careonline 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.

Methadone Treatment Center

by James Heller 22. January 2013 15:29
Methadone is an opioid most-commonly associated with heroin addiction treatment.  It can be used for medical detoxification and as a harm reduction tool with Methadone Maintenance.  In either case, it is important that Methadone be administered by a medical professional at a treatment center or clinic.
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers has been providing Methadone in opiate detox treatment for decades, and we later added Maintenance as a service.  Patients in our medical detoxification units are closely monitored by medical staff to ensure their safety.  And our Methadone Maintenance program includes addiction counseling.  Our goal is to lead you to a life free from all opiates.

Heroin and prescription drug addiction are difficult to overcome.  The sad fact is that most opiate addicts that complete treatment will relapse several times, and they may never achieve long-term abstinence.  While they are high, there is always a chance that harm will come to them or their loved ones.  So the important task is to help them to live without the high.

Methadone can do this by reducing the cravings associated with opiate addiction.  It provides addicts with a “narcotic replacement” that does not include the high.  Methadone can remain in the body for up to 60 hours, so clients receive doses at the treatment center daily or every two days.  It’s because of the long half-life that doses need to be monitored.  Methadone overdoses occur when clients take a second dose, thinking the first has cleared because they don’t feel a high, and can be fatal.  

When abstinence is the goal, the first course of action should be medical detoxification followed by residential or outpatient treatment.  Some addicts will remain clean after one treatment episode.  Others may need two or three.  The discovery has not yet been made where one can tell who will relapse before treatment begins.  A few attempts are made with opiate detox before looking at Maintenance as an option.

We ensure the safety of our detox and Maintenance patients by monitoring their health and by providing a roadmap to long-term abstinence.  We work to move clients from Maintenance to detox when they are ready.  Methadone treatment is covered by most insurance plans, and you may qualify for Medi-Cal, Medicare, or one of our other publicly funded programs.  We want to see everybody recover.

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.

Underage Drinking Prevention Campain

by James Heller 10. January 2013 10:48
It’s worth repeating that Tarzana Treatment Centers is a proud sponsor of the Underage Drinking Prevention Campaign led by the Saving Lives Coalition. Teen alcohol abuse is a problem that requires solutions from many angles.  Enforcement of alcohol selling laws is just as important as education when our goal is to reduce the amount of adolescents abusing alcohol.
 
 
The coalition is asking alcohol retailers to post warning signs.  The signs are meant to discourage underage individuals from attempting to purchase alcohol at these establishments.  The same warning appears in nine languages that are commonly spoken in Los Angeles County.  

The campaign is underway in the San Fernando Valley, and will soon expand to include all of Los Angeles County.  These signs will hopefully prevent retailers and their underage customers from engaging in alcohol transactions.

An example of the sign can be found at this link:

The press event to launch this campaign was covered on local English and Spanish language news.  Our own Dr. Jose Salazar spoke at the event and said, “…we are not only concerned about your underage drinking, but we do not condone it.”  

You can watch coverage of the press event, and get more information from this video:

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides treatment for adolescent alcohol abuse as part of our Youth Services program.  Our services include treatment for mental health, residential and outpatient treatment, family counseling, and education among other services.

We provide 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.

Heroin Addiction Treatment with Methadone Maintenance

by James Heller 25. October 2012 09:39
Heroin use opens the door to many dangers.  The consequences range from internal health issues, to suffering through an addiction, and to the harm addicts can cause to others.  Many addicts go through a cycle of treatment and relapse, several times, and can’t seem to get clean.  Methadone Maintenance can help these individuals avoid harm by reducing opiate cravings and keeping them from using heroin.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Methadone Maintenance treatment for qualified individuals suffering from heroin addiction.  As part of our Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program, we will assign you with an addiction counselor and work with you to achieve the goal of total abstinence.

Heroin is an opioid.  This synthetic opiate is highly addictive so there are very few casual heroin users.  Once hooked, individuals need higher and more frequent doses to get the high that they desire.  Using the drug damages vital organs in the body, like the liver, and weakens the immune system.  When needles are shared among addicts, they also risk contracting HIV and other blood borne pathogens.

Heroin addicts that don’t get help eventually can’t work.  This can lead to homelessness and possible criminal activity, which affects all of society.  The problem is that the addiction doesn’t go away on its own.  Until heroin addicts get help, they will do whatever they feel is necessary to satisfy the heroin addiction.  The trick is to help them get off of the drug and stay off of it.

Methadone Maintenance is a Narcotic Replacement Therapy (NRT).  Methadone reduces the opiate cravings that heroin addicts experience when they are not using heroin.  It doesn’t get patients high, but it satisfies the need they feel for the drug.  Administered properly, as it is at Tarzana Treatment Centers, patients can begin treatment without the distraction of cravings and begin the journey to abstinence.  With no need for heroin, the risk of these addicts causing harm to themselves or others is greatly reduced.

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.

Methadone Maintenance for Prescription Opioid Addiction

by James Heller 12. July 2012 12:43
Contrary to popular belief, Methadone Maintenance is not a treatment exclusively given to hard-core heroin addicts.  It can help anyone that is addicted to prescription opioids, who is having a difficult time abstaining from them.  At Tarzana Treatment Centers, there is always hope for opioid addicts to achieve long term abstinence, no matter their drug of choice.

Opioids are synthetic drugs in the same family as heroin.  The drugs include common prescription medications like oxycodonehydrocodone or Vicodin, codeine, and morphine.  These and other pain killers are prescribed every day for short term relief.  The problem is that they are highly addictive, and even individuals who are not predisposed to addiction can become physically dependent on them very quickly.

Even though opioid medications are controlled by the US Drug Enforcement Agency, patients can continue using them for several years.  A number of doctors consider being addicted to pain pills as a necessary evil of treatment, and some simply ignore the dangers.  Thanks to opiate tolerance, a long term user’s body will need higher doses to relieve pain, or to get the desired euphoria as the case may be.  

It can be extremely difficult to stop using opioids once addiction takes hold, due to opioid withdrawals.  If you quit on your own, “cold turkey”, you will almost certainly suffer severe flu-like symptoms and start using again.  Medical detoxification is a great solution, but some prescription drug addicts can’t fight the opiate cravings that follow and relapse.  When an individual attempts opiate detox several times unsuccessfully, it is time to consider Methadone Maintenance.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides confidential Methadone Maintenance for qualified patients.  The treatment reduces opiate cravings, allowing you to resume a life free of the drug to which you have become addicted.  This will help you to focus on treatment with your assigned addiction counselor, and to reach your ultimate goal of being completely drug-free.

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.

Methadone Maintenance Brings Positive Outcomes

by James Heller 15. June 2012 13:09
Opiates are highly addictive and either controlled or illegal.  This combination of factors most often leads to increasing doses, which can cause the loss of employment, financial issues, and engagement in criminal activity.  Opiates, like heroin, are often administered intravenously, which also increases the risk of infection with HIV, hepatitis, and other blood-borne pathogens.   So there is a great risk of harm for those who find abstinence-only treatment difficult to maintain. 

Because opiate addiction impacts the addicted individual and society in the way described above, the treatment approach must include more than the traditional detox-to-abstinence model.  Abstinence should always be the ultimate goal.  The road to abstinence, though, may require a period of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) using Methadone Maintenance.  This could be a lifesaving step in the recovery process for many opiate addicts.

Methadone Maintenance has been proven effective as a “harm reduction” treatment method.  The linked paper below shows the true and positive effects of Methadone Maintenance.  The fact is that this form of treatment reduces health risks, crime, unemployment, and improves treatment outcomes for individuals who previously believed they had no hope of breaking their addiction cycle.


Tarzana Treatment Centers offers Methadone Maintenance to qualified individuals.  During this MAT treatment, our clients also undergo addiction counseling to help them on the road to abstinence.  We added this Narcotic Replacement Therapy (NRT) to our services because we want all addicts to have a chance to survive and recover.  Many opiate addicts are motivated for recovery, but they can’t get past the opiate cravings that drag them back to using again.  We keep them in 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 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.

Methadone Maintenance and Other MAT Options

by James Heller 9. September 2010 10:49
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles offers several options for those seeking recovery from opiate dependenceMethadone Maintenance is a popular method that we offer for qualified individuals, as it has been successfully used for decades.  We also provide Buprenorphine Maintenance and a 21 Day Outpatient Detox for those seeking alternate methods of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

Methadone Maintenance has proven to be a safe method of harm reduction therapy for individuals suffering from opiate addictions that can’t seem to maintain abstinence.  It gives them the opportunity to re-enter society and the workforce, and stop abusing heroin and a variety of prescription drugs.  Our program does not simply medicate patients, though.  We also provide counseling services so our clients can address the core issues of their addictions.

The term Medication Assisted Treatment covers methods of recovery that seek harm reduction or abstinence.  Tarzana Treatment Centers recognizes that while opiate addicts suffer the same disease, they don’t all find recovery in the same manner.  So we provide Buprenorphine Maintenance for those who don’t feel comfortable with Methadone as the medication to ease their opiate cravings.  

For those seeking abstinence, we provide a 21 Day Outpatient Detox that includes Outpatient Addiction Counseling Treatment.  This is a fine program for individuals who suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders that don’t feel comfortable in a residential environment.  It is also suitable for those who are still employed and have family obligations.  After successful detoxification, we can provide Naltrexone to qualified patients to reduce opiate cravings that may cause relapse.

If you would like more information about Methadone Maintenance or any of our MAT programs, please contact us by phone or email using the information below:

Phone:        (818) 654-3939

Email:        maintenance@tarzanatc.org

Methadone Maintenance Hours:     6:00am to 7:00pm

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.