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Telehealth Technology Provides Security and Simplicity

by James Heller 9. September 2010 13:21
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides telemedicine services to qualified patients in alcohol and drug treatment, mental health treatment, and primary medical care.  After careful research of the technology available, we chose to partner with MDLiveCare in Florida so we could deliver services conveniently and securely at affordable rates.  The technology was a key in making our decision considering what our patients would need in order to use these services.

During our research of available telehealth technologies for video conference sessions, we were happy to discover that most of our services could be delivered through this medium.  Assessments of new patients entering addiction treatment or mental health treatment can be completed before they come to one of our locations.  This allows our staff to better prepare for their arrival, and saves patients critical time in on-site admissions time.  It can also be used for outpatient services for some patients.  We can also see qualified patients in primary medical care from their homes and offices.  

The MDLiveCare technology is browser-based.  This means that patients simply need to open Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or whatever they use on a daily basis, and log in to their account.  Once logged in, a simple interface makes it easy for them to schedule appointments with Providers, send and read secure messages with them, and view records.  Anyone who browses the internet should be able to use the interfaces we provide, known as MDLiveVisit and TherapyLiveVisit.

Much of the technology used for telehealth video conferencing today would be considered complicated by the everyday computer user.  Some require special software that, putting it simply, directly connects one specific computer with another over long distances.  This adds work for the patient in setting up the software, which may not go well and lead to a need for technical support.  Also, if the program crashes there is no backup means to connect to a session, creating a delay in services.  These are issues that patients do not want to deal with when they need health care.

The MDLiveVisit and TherapyLiveVisit interfaces that are used by Tarzana Treatment Centers require no initial setup on patient computers.  They only need a login ID and temporary password to get started.  Literally within minutes, patients can set an appointment to see one of our health care providers.  And, if the browser they are using happens to crash, they can switch to another to start or resume a session.  All of this simplicity is delivered with the same or better security as those described above.

The LiveVisit application was started using the popular Flash Player to deliver video.  This meant that almost anyone already had the software needed to send and receive video before they used LiveVisit.  To improve services, a switch was made to using the VSee video format in LiveVisit.  The new format uses less bandwidth, meaning that even patients with very slow internet access can send and receive smooth video.  Patients still do not need to install bulky software to use this advanced video format.

We chose to partner with MDLiveCare and use the LiveVisit telehealth applications because the simplicity and security satisfied our high standards in delivering services to patients.  The goal was to make getting treatment easier for patients, with almost no chance that problems will occur.  No special equipment is needed, either, other than an inexpensive webcam since high resolution is not necessary in LiveVisit.

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.

Now Providing Online Treatment 24/7

by James Heller 24. June 2010 10:08
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles has taken pride in our efforts to remain current with health technology advancements.  We have now partnered with MDLiveCare to provide telemedicine services.  This will enable us to offer alcohol and drug treatment, mental health treatment, and medical care via video conference technology, which will allow access to more individuals who need these services.

Please click the link below to read the press release:

MDLiveCare® Health Services, Inc. Announces Agreements in California, Florida and Illinois as It Continues Building National Provider Network and Licensing Relationships


Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependence, drug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

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

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In-House Wellbriety in Native American Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 11. January 2010 09:33
A Firestarter in the Wellbriety Movement does just what the name implies.  The fire is wellness and sobriety that results from following Wellbriety curriculum and participating in Medicine Wheel and 12 Step programs.  A Firestarter, as is staffed at Tarzana Treatment Centers, provides the spark by teaching Wellbriety in Native American alcohol and drug treatment.

Firestarters are a limited commodity in California, as well as the Southwestern region of the United States.  Considering the size of the Native American population suffering from alcohol dependence and drug addiction, there should be many more.  So we are happy to be a part of, and not in competition with, the small community of Wellbriety resource providers in the region.

At Tarzana Treatment Centers we have worked very hard to establish a quality Native American alcohol and drug treatment track.  What began as the recognition of a need has become a popular program that marries standard alcohol and drug treatment with Native American culture and tradition.  Having a Firestarter on staff means that patients never need to leave the building for these services.

Firestarters are vital to quality care in Native American alcohol and drug treatment that includes Wellbriety resources.  They provide guidance through the curriculum, facilitate Medicine Wheel and 12 Step, and conduct Circles of Recovery.  Without an in-house Firestarter, patients would need to be sent elsewhere to participate since this is not a self-starting process.

Native American alcohol abuse and drug abuse continue to be a major problem.  So along with the in-house services we provide, we also continue to attend Pow Wows and other Native American cultural events.  Patients enrolled in our Native American treatment track have the option of attending these events as well.

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

Wellbriety Movement

by James Heller 1. July 2009 07:51

Native Americans have long-held traditions of ceremonial healing.  When it comes to recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction, the spiritual healing that ceremonies provide can enhance positive outcomes.  The White Bison Wellbriety Movement created a program that brings culture and tradition into sobriety.

Wellbriety begins with the Medicine Wheel and 12 Step recovery program.  There are versions of this program for men, women, friends and family members.  It is curriculum based and can be completed in just 16 weeks if followed as designed.  

Recovering individuals are trained for Circles of Recovery, where members can discuss the curriculum and support each other in recovery.  Individuals may choose to be trained as Firestarters as well, where they learn to teach the curriculum to those new in recovery.  There are 5 levels of Firestarter from those who have completed specialized training and the Medicine Wheel 12 Steps up to a Masters level.

Wellbriety expands from the 12 Steps foundation to focus on relapse prevention through Warrior Down, as well as adult, youth, and family training.  The separate programs allow individuals to participate in ceremonies that are specifically tailored to their needs.

Tarzana Treatment Centers staffs individuals who are trained in Wellbriety.  We provide alcohol and drug treatment for Native Americans that includes the ceremonies that are proven to enhance recovery.  For more information call 888-777-8565, or contact us here.

The following is from the White Bison website.  It describes the origin and philosophy of Wellbriety.  You can find more details about Wellbriety and Firestarter certification by linking here to the White Bison website.

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White Bison has been an energetic and proud member and supporter of the Native sobriety movement since its own founding in 1988. Some of the learning products found on the product page of this website date back to the decade of the 1990s and the sobriety movement. But by the mid to late 1990's White Bison began to realize that most people wanted to find sobriety and recovery from alcohol and drugs, and then go on to live lives of wellness and wholeness rooted both in their own tribal cultures and in the mainstream world. It was then that the sobriety movement began to transition over into the Wellbriety Movement, which White Bison developed and champions today.

Wellbriety means to be both sober and well. It means to have come through recovery from chemical dependency and to be a recovered person who is going beyond survival to thriving in his or her life and in the life of the community. The Well part of Wellbriety means to live the healthy parts of the principles, laws and values of traditional culture. It means to heal from dysfunctional behaviors other than chemical dependency, as well as chemical dependency itself. This includes co dependency, ACOA behavior, domestic or family violence, gambling, and other shortcomings of character.

-- Source: http://www.whitebison.org/wellbriety-movement/story-wellbriety-movement.htm --

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

Urban Native American Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 23. June 2009 09:34
Alcohol and drug treatment for Native Americans raised and living in urban areas is more effective when they are introduced to their ancestors’ culture and tradition.  Alcohol dependence and drug addiction tend to include identity confusion or even a loss of identity.  So, Native American roots have a literal “grounding” effect that helps build a solid foundation for recovery.

Personal identity is how we see ourselves.  A disconnect with identity that occurs within alcoholics and drug addicts needs to be repaired during treatment so they can find self worth.  It motivates them to continue in recovery even through the most difficult of times because life has new value.  

Urban Native Americans may be several generations removed from the reservation, and have little or no ties to the roots of their respective tribes.  Public prejudices that still exist in our society, even though they have decreased, can have a negative impact on the identity of Native Americans.  So individuals may experience identity confusion due to an inner struggle, or lose their identity out of denial.

Learning the ceremonies of their ancestors during alcohol and drug treatment has proven effective for Urban Native Americans.  Positive feelings become associated with cultural roots, and healing can begin based on a real identity.  The identity is new and wonderful for most, and it provides sharp focus where there used to be none.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides alcohol and drug treatment services for Native Americans.  We know that Native American ceremonies and traditions tend to be spiritually based, aiding in the process of recovery along with identity discovery.  This also helps patients with co-occurring mental health disorders to discover troubling issues.

For more information on our Native American alcohol and drug treatment services, including alcohol and drug detox, please call us 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 and Orange County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley, and in Santa Ana.

Native American Tradition in Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 13. May 2009 14:26
The history of alcohol abuse among Native Americans is a story that includes great losses.  What is left in culture and traditions are held very dearly among the first residents of North America.  So cultural sensitivity, and the freedom to practice traditional rituals, must be included in Native American alcohol and drug treatment.

At the heart of Native American culture is a spiritual core.  This works well in treatment since alcoholism and drug addiction are spiritual maladies.  It is commonly said that alcoholics and drug addicts use substances to replace the lack of connection with a higher power.  So it makes sense to give Native Americans in treatment access to any ritual with spiritual meaning.

Tarzana Treatment Centers believes that cultural sensitivity and respect of traditions is important in successful Native American alcohol and drug treatment.  Our staff includes Native Americans and those trained in the culture and traditions. We also maintain close ties to the community by attending Pow Wows and other Native American events.  

The following paragraph is part of a fine historical review of Native American alcoholism found on essortment.com.  Written by Cheryl Hissong in 2002, it offers a solution based point of view in hopes that remaining culture and traditions live on.

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As generation followed generation, and more of the culture and identity of the past was lost, newer generations of the Native population eventually found alcohol to be their only salvation. With no strong cultural heritage to lead them, and a continued lack of acceptance out in the world at large, there has been little else left them. Even if they could go back to the days of hunting buffalo and living off the land, where are the buffalo today, and what's become of the vast land that was once their cherished home?

-- Source: http://www.essortment.com/all/nativeamerican_ragq.htm --

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles makes a daily effort to find treatment news articles that we can share with our readers in the alcohol and drug treatment community.  The external content was found among other articles of equal informational and educational quality.

Sacred Hoop Event - Central Valley

by James Heller 7. May 2009 07:27
Tarzana Treatment Centers recognizes the importance of connecting with communities we serve in alcohol and drug treatment.  We believe that a show of support for cultural activities through attendance and involvement allows us to provide better treatment to individuals.  We also get a chance to educate members of the community about alcohol and drug addiction treatment, and bring hope to those in need of treatment.

The Central Valley Sacred Hoop Event in Clovis, California was another opportunity for us to inform the community about our Native American alcohol and drug treatment services.  We met with several local community organizers, directors and volunteers who expressed interest in our services.  Information pamphlets were displayed for anyone needing information on alcohol dependence, drug addiction, detox and treatment for Native Americans.

The event focused on identity as Native Americans, and how traditional teachings can heal and turn lives around.  One important component of alcohol and drug treatment is to help patients discover their identities or “find themselves.”  Our services for Native Americans allow for uninterrupted culture and tradition, which we agree is helpful in the healing process.

Presentations at the event revolved around the Wellbriety Movement, a program from White Bison, with Firestarters discussing the Positive Warrior concept.  Staff members at Tarzana Treatment Centers are either involved with, or trained about, these programs and concepts.  This promotes understanding of culture and tradition, making alcohol and drug treatment more comfortable for our Native American patients.

If you missed us at Sacred Hoop, and would like information on alcohol or drug detox and treatment, call us at 888-777-8565 or fill out the secure contact form here.

UCLA Pow Wow

by James Heller 6. May 2009 14:55
Tarzana Treatment Centers recognizes the importance of connecting with communities we serve in alcohol and drug treatment.  We believe that a show of support for cultural activities through attendance and involvement allows us to provide better treatment to individuals.  We also get a chance to educate members of the community about alcohol and drug addiction treatment, and bring hope to those in need of treatment.

Tarzana Treatment Centers attended the 24th annual UCLA Pow Wow on May 2nd and 3rd, 2009.  Native American alcohol and drug treatment pamphlets were handed out along with other related materials.  

Our focus, as always, was to inform the Native American community about Access to American Indian Recovery (AAIR).  Patients can continue activities that are cultural and traditional, like smudging, while enrolled in our Native American alcohol and drug treatment services.

We also had the opportunity to connect with more organizations that refer Native Americans to alcohol and drug treatment.  After the Pow Wow, we had the pleasure to provide facility tours and introductions to our Directors.  We know that we cannot reach everyone suffering from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction, so connections with the community are very special.

With every Pow Wow we attend, our excitement for the next one grows.  In the future, we look forward to getting alcohol and drug treatment information out to more in the Native American community

If you missed us at the Pow Wow, and would like information on alcohol or drug detox and treatment, call us at 888-777-8565 or fill out the secure contact form here.

Native American FASD

by James Heller 8. April 2009 13:09
April, 2009 marks the 22nd year of Alcohol Awareness Month.  

Tarzana Treatment Centers is participating with a series of articles meant to inform and educate the general public about alcohol abuse, dependence and treatment.  Considering that over 21 million Americans meet the criteria for alcohol abuse and over 53 million admit to past-month binge drinking, not to mention the many loved ones affected by each, our efforts are worthwhile.

Looking at studies, there is no real consensus over whether genetics plays a part in alcoholism among Native Americans.  While some conclude there is clear evidence that Native Americans metabolize alcohol differently from other races, others say there is none.  So the focus needs to remain on environmental trends that carry the problem of alcoholism among Native Americans from generation to generation.

One problem that is being addressed is alcohol use among pregnant women.  Alcohol’s effects on the fetus manifest into a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral problems.  While none of these necessarily predispose a new generation to alcoholism, it is a clear indication of how alcohol use affects new generations of the Native American community.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Among Native Americans details statistics that show a need to address this problem, and how it can be solved with treatment.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides alcohol detox and treatment for Native Americans as described below.  Native American traditions and ceremonies, including family members in treatment, and offering parenting classes are all a part of the alcohol and drug treatment we provide for Native Americans.  We also attend Pow Wows to maintain close ties with, and to educate, Native Americans.


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WHAT ARE FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS?

“Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders” (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.  These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. The term FASD is not used as a clinical diagnosis. It refers to conditions such as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND), and alcohol-related birth defects (ARBD). Each year, at least 40,000 babies are born with an FASD, costing the Nation up to $6 billion. The average lifetime cost for one individual with FAS is approximately $1.4 million.

FASD, as well as alcoholism and alcohol abuse, are serious problems in some Native communities.  However, the stereotype of the drunken Indian is misleading. In some tribes, alcohol use is similar to or lower than the general U.S. population. On a typical day, abstinence is common.

WHAT IS BEING DONE TO ADDRESS FASD AMONG NATIVE AMERICANS?

Services are greatly needed to address FASD in Native American communities, including prevention efforts and interventions for children and adults with an FASD.

An assessment of 10 tribal reservations and five urban Indian Community Health Centers showed that such services were limited or nonexistent.

Interventions should:
  • Incorporate tribal practices, combining mainstream, evidence-based strategies with traditional elements such as talking circles and ceremonies
  • Address alcohol issues in families to break the cycle of alcohol abuse, since FASD is often a multigenerational problem
  • Incorporate collaborative, holistic approaches both at home and school for people with an FASD, such as training in effective parenting and teaching strategies The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s FASD Center for Excellence is working with tribal leaders to develop culturally appropriate resources, provide training on prevention and intervention, and identify best practices. Building on the cultural strengths of Native American communities can support positive outcomes at all stages, from early intervention for infants to adult support services.

Pregnancy is a sacred time for many Native Americans. Many tribes share the belief that individuals must consider the impact of their decisions on the next seven generations.  Preventing alcohol abuse during pregnancy is a powerful way to protect future generations and ensure that all children have a healthy start, free of FASD.

-- Source: http://download.ncadi.samhsa.gov/Prevline/pdfs/SMA06-4245.pdf --

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles makes a daily effort to find treatment news articles that we can share with our readers in the alcohol and drug treatment community.  The external content was found among other articles of equal informational and educational quality.