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Alcohol Awareness Month 2014

by James Heller 11. April 2014 14:08
When you work in a field that deals with alcoholism on a daily basis, it’s easy to forget the level of public awareness about the disease.  It’s very low, even among those who deal with the pain and heartache of a suffering loved one.  In the interest of awareness, with April being Alcohol Awareness Month, here are some basics.
 
 
Alcoholics are unable to stop drinking once they start, without a conflict, no matter how much you beg.  The saying goes that if an alcoholic is not drinking, he’s thinking about the next drink.  A big part of alcohol dependence is the intense craving an individual feels.  These feelings are so strong that an alcoholic in recover for 10 years could still find his mouth watering at the sight of a martini or glass of wine.  And it isn’t about the taste.

Alcohol always satisfies the craving, as promised, and is trusted to always do so.  This is due to some biological and psychological functions that need not be addressed here.  And it can’t be stressed enough that alcohol is this individual’s best friend because people can never be as trustworthy.  Alcohol dependence has its drawbacks, of course, like terrible withdrawals.  But they are easily remedied by drinking more alcohol.  So the only downside, to the alcoholic, is the people who nag him to stop drinking.

The “hole in the soul” is a good way to describe why an alcoholic drinks.  It feels like something is missing inside that would help him cope with daily life.  Alcoholics lack a coping mechanism that most people have, so they tend to dwell on little events that seem to not bother others.  Alcohol fills that hole and makes him feel like he is a part of society, rather than being different.  From the first drink on, all is okay as long as the alcoholic is drinking.
Eventually, heavy drinking leads to abuse and then dependence.  At that point the body needs alcohol to function, and cutting off the supply may be fatal.  That’s a sad fact.  

This doesn’t mean that the situation is hopeless.  It’s important, though, to find the right time to have a discussion with your alcoholic.  For some reason, spouses, parents, children, and friends will confront an alcoholic during a binge, knowing that the last attempt was a disaster.  His mind, body, and spirit will always go to defend his best friend, and you get nowhere.  The best thing to do is remain calm until he passes out.

Aside from a professional intervention, the best time to confront an alcoholic is after he sleeps off a negative experience.  Wait until he’s “come to”, and then discuss the behavior.  It’s crucial that you convey a sense of love and care.  The best thing you can do for him is to lead him to the realization that he has a problem.  That realization is known as a “moment of clarity” in recovery groups, and is often described as having a divine influence.
When that moment arrives, you need to immediately… right now …get him in to a treatment center.  Therefore, you need to do your homework before the conversation starts.  It begins with one call to a local treatment center, like the one at Tarzana Treatment Centers, where you can learn how treatment works.  You’ll find out what is needed to get your loved one admitted when the time comes, and will also get some tools to make that day arrive faster.

Successful treatment will lead to abstinence for your alcoholic.  Continued treatment and attending a support group, like AA, will help him stay sober.  The odds are, though, that your alcoholic will relapse after treatment at least once.  It’s just a fact of life and a part of recovery for the great majority of recovering alcoholics.  Ask questions, find out what happened, encourage open communication, and talk to a counselor together.  Get him right back on the horse.

Here is one final note for the loved ones.  You need help, too.  Attend at least one Al-Anon or CODA meeting in your area.  There is no shame in being associated with an alcoholic, and you need to know how to regain your self-worth.  You may even choose to enter therapy, which is also available at Tarzana Treatment Centers.
 
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.

How to Work with Relapse

by James Heller 11. February 2014 15:16
Relapse is not the end of recovery.  It’s not recommended, either, and those of us who treat for substance use disorders can’t condone the behavior.  Still, it’s more effective to take a positive approach to recovery after a relapse than it is to be angry and condemn the addict.
 
 
Recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction is an ongoing process, and abstinence is not a lifetime guarantee.  Most alcoholics and addicts relapse at least once before achieving long-term abstinence, if they make it.  Even short-term abstinence is a miracle for those who are heavily dependent on alcohol or heroin, for example.
When an individual with more than a few months of recovery relapses, those around them usually find it difficult to accept as being a normal occurrence.  It’s easy to forget how hard it was to get a loved one into treatment when life with them begins to feel “normal”.  The natural reaction for family members is to think they didn’t do enough, so anger and sadness result.

Going back to substance use does not mean an addict has given up, though.  It just means that progress has taken a step backward, meaning that something wasn’t addressed during treatment or coping skills need to be improved.  Both of these can be corrected with further counseling.  From this perspective, a relapse can be seen as a lesson rather than a failure.

Understanding this can reduce the anger among family members, and could hasten the trip back to rehab.  It’s better to lovingly encourage treatment rather than to react and increase pressure on the addict.  Of course the family of an addict needs to make it known that getting back on the road to recovery is the only acceptable outcome.  With a positive attitude, this can be done in a more loving tone that is more-likely to lead the addict in the right direction.
 
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.

Alcoholism and Addiction May be Home for the Holidays

by James Heller 24. December 2013 09:24
When bright young teens go off to college, every parent hopes it will be the start of a promising future.  The new students experience some anxiety along with a new sense of independence, which can lead to experimenting with alcohol or drugs.  Studies about the facts of college alcohol and drug abuse show that this is a recipe for an early onset of alcoholism and drug addiction, and parents may get a surprise when their babies come home for the holidays.
 
 
The signs are always there.  If alcohol and drug abuse is unacceptable in a family, returning teens will do everything possible to hide it.  When parents are okay with the use of alcohol or drugs, the homecoming may just require a reduction in daily use, so as to not reveal a problem.  So, chances are, if your child came home drinking when they hadn’t before college, what you see them drink may just be a mask to hide the ugliness of bigger problem.

When college students get into the habit of drinking or using drugs to “let off steam” or “take the edge off”, they are learning to self-medicate.  This can be dangerous if alcohol or drugs become a coping mechanism and not just an occasional respite.  When emotions or stressors arise, the option to deal with them will diminish as the option to escape with substances will become more common.  They don’t learn to work through problems and become dependent on the chemical solution at the same time.  

Read more about college alcohol use, its effects, and how to spot trouble at this link:
Parents need to watch for the signs and intervene when they appear.  Lead off with a loving statement that you just want to make sure there isn’t a problem.  Maybe they just need to talk to someone and understand that stress and emotions are natural things to deal with.  If there is indeed is a problem, you may be surprised with a big hug and a plea for help.  In either case, to not bring it up out of fear over a possible confrontation is a big price to pay for the health of your loved one.

Here at Tarzana Treatment Centers we talk to people every day who desperately need alcohol and drug treatment, and others who are just going through stressful times who need a little therapy.  We provide substance use and mental health treatment for all levels of care.  If you are a college student and you are worried about your alcohol or drug use, or have a loved one who is, please call us today.
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.
  

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.

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.

Get Help for Relapse Fast

by James Heller 16. January 2013 10:29
Setbacks occur for everyone.  You can plan ahead for everything you do, and you still can’t guarantee that it will all go your way.  For people in recovery, of all ages, it is a daily exercise to deal with this fact, and to avoid relapse.  If there is a relapse, the suggested action is to get help right away, especially for seniors.
 
 
Individuals in early recovery learn to accept what happens externally so they can better cope with events internally.  This is a foreign concept to the alcoholic and addict brain, and it takes years for most of them to put it into regular practice.   Even after years of “getting it”, something can happen that breaks down all strength, destroying all coping mechanisms, and leading individuals to drink alcohol or use drugs.

Tarzana Treatment Centers makes relapse recovery accessible and affordable for anyone who needs it.  Alcoholism and drug addiction treatment is not as simple as detox and groups anymore.  We offer Vivitrol treatment to reduce alcohol and opiate cravings, and telehealth video conferencing for our clients who can’t get to our treatment centers or live far away.  If finances are a problem, many of our services are covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal, AB 109 funding and other Los Angeles County health care funding programs like Drug Court.

We put great effort into helping you achieve long-term recovery.  We also recognize the commonality of relapse and won’t shame you.  There are no 100% solutions to substance use disorders.  It is rare for anyone to remain clean and sober for life after one treatment episode of any kind.  Our goal is to get you back on your feet so you can put your own effort into long-term recovery.  We can provide you with the best tools available in substance use treatment to improve your chance at success.

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.

Make the Holidays Happy this Year

by James Heller 4. December 2012 15:32
While this time of year brings joy and merriment to most of us, we in the substance use and mental health treatment field are all too familiar with those who find it troublesome.  Conflicts can arise from within, stemming from disorders that make social gatherings terrifying.  Or they can be substance induced, making someone an annoyance or worse at holiday gatherings.  If this was a problem for you or a loved one last year, we would like to suggest that you get help so the holidays can be pleasant going forward.
 
 
Anyone who suffers from mental health or substance use disorders, and their loved ones, are familiar with troubles during the holiday season.  Yet, each year, millions hope that conflicts and heartaches from the past won’t be repeated.  As a general rule, negative behavior gets in the way of the good times once again, every year.  

Mental health disorders can cause individuals to avoid social gatherings, in cases of depression, which can bring loneliness and bitter feelings.  Anxiety, Bi-Polar Disorder, and other conditions can result in tense outbursts or other negative behaviors at gatherings.  Their loved ones might say that they suffer as much, if not more, than the person with the disorder.  Sadness or anger becomes the prevailing emotions of the season for all involved.

Alcohol use is at an annual high due to holiday parties, out of school youths, and the seasonal servings of festive drinks.  The weather is colder, and many feel like they have an excuse to “let loose”.  When alcohol abusers drink more than usual, verbal conflicts, physical fights, and tragic accidents are a higher likelihood.  When alcohol is served at a large holiday gathering, at least one person is bound to be negatively impacted by an alcohol abuser.  And, we’re sorry that it still needs to be said, innocent people die from drunken driving accidents.  Alcohol abuse is in no way “festive”.

It’s the same pattern, year after year, that we see at Tarzana Treatment Centers.  Admissions for substance use and mental health drop as the holiday season approaches.  Then they rise somewhat sharply as the New Year begins, after the spotlight has been shown on individuals and their disorders. Most of them had considered entering treatment before the holidays, but put it off so they could enjoy them, as they say.

Whether the problems of last year were mild or severe, we suggest that you or your loved one speaks with a counselor before the first holiday gathering.  This is especially a good idea if problems have occurred more than once with an individual.  You deserve better.  Something as simple as a Vivitrol injection to reduce alcohol cravings may be the remedy.  It will help you to begin the process of healing, and you can become a part of the crowd that will enjoy a happy holiday season this year.

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.

How to Reduce Substance Abuse in the Workplace

by James Heller 16. November 2012 15:15
Employee alcohol and drug abuse is a problem in almost every business category.  Management is often faced with weighing the value of substance abusing staff members with the potential problems that their behavior may cause.  The decision is not always easy, and the problem is sometimes swept under the rug. There is a solution, though, for employees who are willing to stop drinking and using drugs.
 
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers suggests the use of Vivitrol treatment.  If you want to keep an employee on staff, and they are willing to get help, this can potentially solve problems for both of you.  Vivitrol is a monthly injection of Naltrexone that reduces alcohol cravings and opiate cravings.  It is convenient and it works.  We have seen many patients achieve long-term sobriety after Vivitrol treatment, when they previously had multiple relapse issues.

Society associates some jobs with alcohol and drug abuse, and we won’t get into examples.  You probably can think of a couple of them.  The fact is that the problem exists in practically every type of job, including those you would never imagine.  Co-workers usually spot the problem before management and business owners discover it, and then those in charge need to decide how to handle the situation.  

Stress can often lead high-value employees to abuse alcohol or prescription painkillers.  To them, they are relieving stress.  To you, they are slowing down and are distracted by issues outside of work.  It is up to management to open the lines of communication with these individuals, and let them know they are worth keeping if they will get help.  Vivitrol treatment can be an investment in the increased productivity they can give to your company, and their own health.

While “zero tolerance” is a fair enough model, some states and contracts regulate businesses’ ability to terminate employment upon discovery of a substance abuse problem.  Since alcohol and drug abuse problems don’t get better without help, keeping these individuals on staff can be a potential hazard to the company.  Here is another area where Vivitrol treatment can save costs in the long run when individuals are willing to get help.

If you have an alcohol or drug abuse problem in the workplace, Vivitrol is an option worth investigation.  It can potentially improve your company’s bottom line, and it might save a life.  Please contact us for more information today.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

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

Alcoholism Relapse Prevention Plan

by James Heller 9. November 2012 11:25
Regardless of the type of treatment you choose, alcoholism and relapse almost always go hand in hand.  The challenge for a treatment facility is to minimize the risk that each patient has for relapse.  One way is to provide Vivitrol as part of a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Vivitrol for eligible patients.  This monthly injection of Naltrexone reduces alcohol cravings so individuals can focus on treatment.
 
 
It is rare for an alcoholic to stop drinking and remain sober for life on the first attempt.  This is largely due to the feeling of strong cravings for alcohol when they are “dry”.  Even with the highest motivation for recovery and to abstain from drinking, cravings trigger an urge to drink that is difficult to ignore.  A single urge can last for days, relentlessly keeping the thought in an alcoholics mind that a drink is needed.  The great majority give in in a couple of months, or weeks, or even after only a few hours.

Alcoholism treatment plans always include relapse prevention as one of the goals.  Tried and true methods include positive peer influence, education groups, and gender-specific groups, among many others.  These help alcoholics to bond with others who share their disease, and to uncover what leads them to continue drinking.  Cravings can be a distraction to these, though, and minimize their effectiveness.

With Vivitrol, the distraction of cravings is minimized or eliminated so other relapse prevention efforts can have an impact.  Recovery can be built on a more solid foundation, and set the stage for long-term sobriety.  As strength in recovery grows and positive habits become the norm in an alcoholic’s life, cravings have much less power.  It is not difficult to see how Vivitrol improves the lives of those early in recovery.

Vivitrol treatment is covered by Medicare and Medi-Cal at Tarzana Treatment Centers, and funding is also available through AB 109 and LA County Drug Court.  Please contact us for more information today.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and specialized services for HIV/AIDS care.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders or from other services we offer, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

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

Medi-Cal Can help you to Stop Drinking

by James Heller 31. October 2012 14:43
Tarzana Treatment Centers accepts Medi-Cal for a treatment that will help you to stop drinking.  Our goal is always to set you on a path to long-term sobriety.  Our approach is to combine traditional counseling with mental health treatment and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) where they are necessary.  Vivitrol is one form of MAT that we have found to be very effective.
 
 
The early days of recovery are the most difficult, partially due to the fact that the body is missing a substance that it became accustomed to being present.  The brain is complicated and reacts to the lack of alcohol in the body, even after the detox process, resulting in both physical and psychological symptoms.  Alcohol cravings are one of the strongest symptoms and have the power to send a sober alcoholic back to drinking.

Vivitrol is a monthly injection of Naltrexone that reduces alcohol cravings.  This treatment begins at the completion of medical detoxification, where you will have already participated in several individual and group counseling sessions.  Combined, these treatments enable you to enter recovery without this major relapse trigger.  

Alcohol craving reduction is a tool that frees the mind of alcoholics new to recovery so they can focus on treatment.  It is important for recovering individuals to absorb healthy living techniques and to leave old habits behind.  By removing the distraction of cravings, this can be accomplished much more quickly and effectively.

Vivitrol treatment is covered by Medi-Cal and Medicare for individuals who qualify, and funding is also available through AB 109 and LA County Drug Court.

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.

Vivitrol Questions and Answers

by James Heller 15. October 2012 11:56
Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Vivitrol as part of our Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
 
 
What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is a monthly injection of Naltrexone that is FDA approved for alcohol and opiate craving reduction.  This treatment reduces your risk of relapse by minimizing one of the major triggers that can lead you back to drinking or using drugs.  By clearing the mind of cravings, Vivitrol enables you to focus on treatment and the core issues you need to process.  All of this enhances your chance to achieve long-term recovery.

How much does Vivitrol cost?

The best answer to this is: Call us to find out.

As is the case with many medications, it is difficult to provide a solid price in a blog article.  How much you pay for Vivitrol at Tarzana Treatment Centers depends on whether you have health care coverage and from which funding source.  If you search websites for a price you will see prices varying by over $1000, which does you no good.  

Tarzana Treatment Centers accepts Medicare and Medi-Cal for Vivitrol treatment, with funding through AB 109 and LA Drug Court also available.  Also, there are rebate programs that come and go, so it would be irresponsible to publish a set price for individuals who opt to pay cash for the treatment.

What are the side effects of Vivitrol?

The most up-to-date list of side effects can be found on the Home page of the Vivitrol website at http://www.vivitrol.com.  It is important for you and your primary care physician to know these facts because, like many helpful medications, you may not be in a position to take Vivitrol.  

At Tarzana Treatment Centers, no patients have suffered severe side effects.  Minor injection site pain is often reported, along with other minor side effects.  They also report that these effects dissipate in a day or two.  We’ve also had patients who report no negative side effects at all.  It needs to be noted that the great majority of patients starting Vivitrol treatment get their first injection following medical detoxification.  So the body is going through changes that can cause pangs of one form or another anyway.  

More Questions?

Please contact us today.  We will be happy to answer your questions so you or your loved one can get the treatment needed.

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.