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Opiate Abuse is on the Rise in Vermont

by James Heller 14. January 2014 11:14
Opiate abuse in the state of Vermont has increased steadily over the past decade.  It’s become so overwhelming that the topic earned center stage honors during Governor Shumlin’s State of the State Address for 2014.  They are taking action, and we thought this presented a good opportunity to remind the public about opiate and heroin treatment options.
 
 
Vermont has seen a 770% increase in treatment for all opiates.  Heroin treatment has gone up 250%.  While it’s a positive sign that addicts are entering treatment in higher numbers, it also means that facilities are at capacity and waiting lists can reach 500 names.  Of all drugs, opiate addicts are at the highest risk for overdosing, so this is a big problem.

Governor Shumlin has proposed programs to help facilities with the backlog, and to educate youth before they try prescription opiates or heroin.  The full text of the speech is at this link:

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides services for opiate addicts that include medical detoxification, residential and outpatient treatment, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) that includes Vivitrol and Methadone or Buprenorphine Maintenance.  Prescription opiate and heroin addiction has a broad range of severity, so several treatment options need to be available to ensure the best outcomes.
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.

Drug Overdose after Rehab

by James Heller 30. July 2013 09:36
Celebrity deaths grab the public’s attention like almost no other news story.  The loss can be mourned by millions, and a certain voyeuristic opportunity emerges that tempts many to learn more about the private lives of famous people.  These elements are especially true when drug and alcohol abuse are involved.  Sadly, though, the important lessons from these are skimmed at best.
 
 
Corey Monteith, of Glee fame, died from a drug overdose after a recent stay in rehab.  He had problems with substance use since he was a teen, and was quite public about it.  So his latest treatment episode would come as no surprise to drug treatment professionals, which goes the same for the overdose.  Heroin addiction is driven by cravings that can arise at any time for years into recovery, and very few individuals can stay clean for life.  
Mr. Monteith’s relapse-rehab-death journey is similar to many overdoses.  It doesn’t always follow the same pattern or involve the same drug, but the accident occurs based on the same science.  It’s called an accident because the recovering alcoholic or drug addict has no intention of overdosing; they are only trying to satisfy a craving.  They will drink as much alcohol or use the same dosage of drugs they did “safely” before rehab, but the body is no longer tolerant of the substance.  

Tolerance to alcohol and drugs builds slowly over time with increased use and is lost very quickly after medical detoxification.  The body returns to somewhat normal operations because it doesn’t need to counteract the effects of substances.  It can’t just snap back to the former state of tolerance.  So, when an addict in recovery suddenly hits the body with the same amount of alcohol or drugs that they last used, the body can’t adjust quickly enough and will shut down in one way or another.  
Heroin is a major culprit in overdoses, mainly because opiate cravings can be overwhelming for addicts in recovery.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) are available to reduce cravings and minimize overdoses in early recovery.  Methadone Maintenance helps addicts with multiple relapses to focus more on recovery, with a goal of abstinence.  Vivitrol treatment reduces cravings after medical detoxification so abstinence can be maintained.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Medication Assisted Treatment services that include Methadone Maintenance and Vivitrol treatment.  Clients are assigned addiction counselors who will guide them toward a life of long-term 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.

Rise in pain pill overdoses among women

by James Heller 10. July 2013 08:51
Women are being lost to drug overdoses in greater numbers than ever.  In the first decade of the 21st Century, the annual rate of fatal prescription drug overdoses among U.S. Women has increased over 400%.  Opiate cravings drive pain killer addiction, so a very good solution is to reduce them and start treatment.
 
 
Almost 48,000 lives were lost during the ten years mentioned above.  It’s a statistic that continues to rise every year, and the victims are from all walks of life.  These are your friends and family, co-workers, and others with whom you come into contact every day.  Vicodin and Oxycontin prescriptions, and other opioid pain killers, have increased at almost the same rate as the overdoses.
These drugs do wonders for pain sufferers, in the short term that is.  The problem is that a small percentage of individuals who are helped by these medications become addicted to them.  Some doctors will continue to prescribe them to a patient for months and even years.  And some patients will “doctor shop” and get the prescriptions from several doctors to support the habit.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Vivitrol and Methadone Maintenance treatment to reduce opiate cravings.  Vivitrol is a monthly injection of Naltrexone that reduces cravings.  After medical detoxification, patients abstain from drug use during Vivitrol treatment and meet with counselors.  Methadone Maintenance reduces cravings and allows individuals with serious addictions to focus on recovery without the strong urge to abuse medications.  These are successful forms of Medication Assisted Treatment that we have provided for several years.
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.

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.

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.

Heroin and other Opiate Cravings

by James Heller 8. November 2012 15:03
Heroin is in a special class of drugs that are highly addictive and very difficult to quit using.  Opiates and opioids can spark an addiction with just one use, due to cravings that make the user want more.  So an effort to reduce opiate cravings in early recovery makes sense to boost chances of long-term abstinence.
 
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Vivitrol for heroin and other opiate craving reduction.   Upon successful completion of our medical detoxification program, patients can begin Vivitrol treatment.  Vivitrol is Naltrexone in the form of a monthly injection.  You don’t need to think about how to reduce opiate cravings anymore, and the treatment is convenient.

The disease of addiction includes psycho-social symptoms that are commonly at the core of an individual’s substance use.  Proper treatment of these issues can take some time, so counseling is always recommended after medical detoxification.  It is very important for patients to remain as focused as possible on treatment so they can begin to see the benefits of recovery. 

Heroin creates a stronger craving than most prescription pain killers, which have varying effects depending on the drug and person.  Even so, any opiate craving is a distraction to treatment and can easily send a newly recovering person to relapse.  With Vivitrol, patients can explore the issues that make them abuse heroin and painkillers in a more effective mindset.  They are less likely to leave treatment early, and more likely to remain drug free for a longer period of time.

Please contact us today even if you question your ability to afford treatment.  Tarzana Treatment Centers accepts Medicare, Medi-Cal, and other health care assistance programs like 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.

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.

Vivitrol Improves Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorder Treatment

by James Heller 16. October 2012 11:50
When individuals suffer from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, treatment for both becomes a challenge.  This is largely due to the double impact of alcohol or drug cravings compounded by a desire to feel “normal”.  If the cravings are reduced to a level where they are no longer a trigger, this can greatly improve chances for successful therapy.

Tarzana Treatment Centers has found success in treating dual diagnosis sufferers with Vivitrol.  This monthly Naltrexone injection reduces cravings for alcohol or opiates, like heroin or prescription drugs.  Patients eligible for Vivitrol treatment have experienced longer terms of sobriety, making therapy more effective.
 
 
Substance use and mental health disorders can be difficult to treat on their own.  When they co-occur with an individual, both need to be treated as primary problems.  Each disorder will work against treatment of the other.  So treatment must be equally focused on both disorders or patients will almost certainly fall into a cycle of chronic relapses.  They must remain sober and clear-headed during therapy and, at the same time, resist the psychological urge to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs.

Providing medications to treat mental health disorders only works as long as patients are willing to take them.  Even if they do take them and begin to feel better, they may decide that they can handle a drink or go back to using drugs.  Relapses hinder therapy for mental health disorders because patients might disappear for some time or, at least, they won’t be able to focus on the core issues that make them abuse alcohol or opiates.

Vivitrol is highly effective in this area due to the fact that it only needs to be administered once every 30 days.  Patients don’t need to think about it.  And, once they get the injection, they can’t decide to stop taking it after a few days.  A window of 30 days is open to the patient and therapist where they can make great strides in the work they need to do.  And when patients see progress in those 30 days, they are more likely to continue with the monthly injections.

Tarzana Treatment Centers has seen patients achieve several months of sobriety and improved lives after Vivitrol treatment, when they had previously struggled to stay clean and sober for only a couple of weeks.  Please contact us today for more information.

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.