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Medication Assisted Treatment Options

by James Heller 12. April 2010 14:07

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a safe and effective method for alcohol and narcotic withdrawal and maintenance.  There is ample evidence suggesting that harm reduction strategies should be more widely available to those suffering from alcohol dependence and drug addictionTarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles has taken note of these facts, and offers several medication assisted treatment options.

Traditional alcohol and drug treatment services help many individuals to begin a life in recovery and improve their lives.  MAT is utilized in medical detoxification at the start of treatment to minimize withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and other drugs.  This process is important since patients must be medically stable before beginning the process of recovery.

For some, though, relapse commonly follows traditional treatment.  This is generally due to alcohol cravings and opiate cravings that vary greatly from patient to patient.  Medications like Suboxone, Vivitrol, and Methadone help to minimize cravings so these individuals may begin the process of recovery, medically stable and in a receptive state of mind.

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Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles offers many medication assisted treatment options.  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.

For more information on Vivitrol, contact us via email at vivitrol@tarzanatc.org.

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.

Alcohol and Drug Detox Counseling

by James Heller 14. September 2009 14:21
Alcohol and drug detox is performed in many different ways depending on where one decides to receive treatment. Tarzana Treatment Centers’ medical detoxification program provides medically monitored treatment to avoid physical withdrawal to alcohol and other drugs. We have a trained detox team that incorporates counseling and therapy during alcohol and drug detox to help with the psychological distress that the individual may experience as well.

Virtually all treatment centers incorporate the 12-Step model as a basis for these elements of their programs. But Tarzana Treatment Centers’ detox program is unique in that it includes group and individual counseling as well.  Addiction education groups teach patients relapse prevention skills to resist drug use, problem-solving abilities, as well as tools and techniques to replace drug-using behaviors, along with full medical and psychological services.

Tarzana Treatment Centers’ detox program will offer assistance in family counseling during recovery and in aftercare. Family counseling is shown to lower the risk of relapse by providing the entire family with skills to deal with addiction and education on the nature of drug abuse.

The best treatment programs address the complex needs of their patients. Addicts use drugs for many reasons, so a patient’s drug use must be understood in the area of other physical, emotional and social needs. During an initial assessment our trained staff takes into consideration the addict’s age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background and sexual orientation to further enhance the patient’s ability to be successful with our program.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides services based on our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare in adolescent and adult alcohol and drug treatment.  They include mental health treatment, HIV/AIDS services, alcohol and drug detox, and culture-based tracks like Native American alcohol and drug treatment.

If you or a loved one needs alcohol or drug detox, 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.

Alcohol and Drug Detox Programs

by James Heller 4. September 2009 15:11
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles is participating in Recovery Month 2009, in part, with articles about recovery during the month of September.  Most individuals suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction begin their recovery with alcohol and drug treatment.  So it is our pleasure to help bring awareness to the general public about the benefits of recovery to individuals, their families, and everyone with whom they interact.

An alcohol and drug detox program is an integral component of any substance abuse treatment. Many factors must be considered when developing an alcohol or drug detox protocol. Issues such as age, related medical issues, amount used, years of use, and frequency of use are all considered. The alcohol or drug detox treatment protocol developed is the key in managing any symptoms associated with withdrawal.

The detox program at Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles is a medically monitored unit, complete with 24-hour nursing and a physician credentialed in addiction medicine. Due to the health concerns associated with alcoholism, alcohol and drug abuse, and drug addiction, a detox and treatment program must be able to address the medical needs of each patient.

When you begin the process of medical detoxification, you will most likely experience some withdrawal symptoms. These physical withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone, but can include, sweats, nausea, vomiting, tremors, anxiety and the possibility of convulsions and seizures. With the medications that are available today, an effective treatment program can minimize and in some cases, almost eliminate the symptoms associated with withdrawal.

Medical detoxification is only the first step towards recovery from substance abuse. In a detox program, our priority is the elimination of alcohol or drugs from the body, the management of withdrawal symptoms and the development of a foundation for your future recovery. The real treatment must follow in other levels of care such as residential rehab or outpatient alcohol and drug treatment in order to resolve underlying issues surrounding why one continues to drink, despite all of the negative consequences. Research shows, that people who only go to detox, instead of also following through with a rehab program, will most likely end up in relapse.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides medical detoxification as part of our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare in alcohol and 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.

Drug Detoxification

by James Heller 4. September 2009 14:21
By Ken Bachrach, Ph.D.
Clinical Director

The first step in drug addiction treatment is to stop using one’s drug or drugs of choice.  One of the diagnostic criteria for drug addiction is the inability to successfully cut down one’s use or stop it completely.  These failed attempts to stop drug use is due to both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms or the fear of them, if one would actually attempt to cut down or stop drug use.

There are many drugs of abuse, but most people use either opiates, tranquilizers, stimulants or some combination of these drugs.  In addition, alcohol is a common secondary drug of choice for those who abuse drugs.  There are illicit or “street” forms of these substances or prescription medication varieties.  A person may be using heroin or the prescription medications Vicodin or Oxycontin.   

Tranquilizers are primarily prescription drugs used to treat anxiety and sleep problems, particularly the class of drugs known as minor tranquilizers or benzodiazepines.  These include medications such as Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin.  

The most commonly abused stimulants are methamphetamine and cocaine, but prescription medications, such as Ritalin or Adderall, are also abused by some individuals.

The first step is to determine whether or not medical detoxification is necessary.  This requires an evaluation by trained medical personnel in the field of addiction, since stopping substances abruptly can be very difficult, dangerous, and even fatal.  When stopping the use of alcohol, opiates, and tranquilizers, one can become very ill or even have seizures that can be life-threatening.  

Physical withdrawal is a real phenomenon that must be assessed and addressed by medical personnel.  Medications are usually prescribed to ease the symptoms of withdrawal and make sure alcohol or drug detox is done is a safe manner.  Stimulants, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, do not require medically supervised detoxification, but there may be significant psychological withdrawal symptoms that need to be monitored and treated, if indicated.

Medical detoxification is done by substituting the drug of abuse with a medication that is administered according to a specific schedule.  This can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis, with the determination based on an individual’s intoxication or withdrawal potential, medical and psychological needs, motivation level, relapse potential, and recovery environment.  

To detox on an outpatient basis, one needs to have relatively low medical and psychological needs, be fairly motivated, have not failed detoxification one or more times on a outpatient basis.  They must have structure in their life, and a living environment supportive of recovery. Otherwise, inpatient detoxification is usually recommended.

Medical detoxification is achieved by slowly lowering the amount of medication each day until all medication is stopped and detoxification is achieved.  For opiates, methadone, buprenorphine or even Clonodine can be used to detox the individual.  For tranquilizers, the barbiturate, phenobartital, is often used in decreasing amounts.  

The length of time one will require for drug detox can vary, based on the drug of abuse, the amount used daily prior to entering detoxification, and one’s own idiosyncratic issues.  Generally, most detoxification protocols can be completed within one week, but can be as short as three days or as long as ten days.  Certain drugs or combinations of drugs may take a longer period of time.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides drug and alcohol detox in alcohol and drug treatment as part of our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol or drugs, 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.