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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.

California Telehealth Network Launches

by James Heller 30. August 2010 12:32
The California Telehealth Network (CTN) was launched by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on August 17, 2010.  CTN will operate on both public and private funding, and is expected to lead California into an exciting new era in health care.  Tarzana Treatment Centers is pleased to announce our involvement.  We are thrilled at the opportunity to provide our addiction treatment, mental health treatment, and medical care to individuals in California who find it difficult to travel to facilities.

CTN is expected to connect 900 health care facilities by 2011, providing specialized health care services to California residents who normally can’t access them.  Rural health care providers will have access to specialists who can either assist them or work with their patients directly.  Currently, there are 50 sites that are being set up initially to begin this important project, which will have its control center at the UC Davis Medical Center.

Tarzana Treatment Centers, based in Los Angeles, California, is providing services at 3 of these initial sites.  Our specialized services will be a valuable part of CTN, making addiction treatment, HIV/AIDS services, and related mental health disorder treatment available along with the common services we also provide.  Many individuals suffer needlessly because they are immobile or live in remote rural areas.

The funding for CTN is $30 million, which includes $21 million from the Federal Communications Commission, $3.6 million from the California Emerging Technology Fund, and the rest from a combination of private and other public funds.  AT&T will build a secure, medical-grade telecommunications system that will provide the high bandwidth needed.  The goal is to reduce medical costs and improve clinical outcomes for patients.

Telehealth, also known as telemedicine, is online mental health treatment or medical care that can be conducted by video conference or by phone.  Online health care has become secure and affordable.  The cost-effectiveness makes for a lower cost to set up the program than to continue with the status quo in health care.  Its use has proven to reduce readmission rates for patients in medical care, and is expected to do the same for those in behavioral and mental health treatment.

Of course patient security is an obsession for the staff at Tarzana Treatment Centers.  So we would not have started working with telemedicine if there was even a hint that patient confidentiality could be compromised.  Our internal telehealth system, powered by MDLiveCare, is protected by several layers of encryption.  While details have not yet been released by CTN about the security this network will provide, we can assure you that our involvement will result in the high security.

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.

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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Technology in Alcohol and Drug Treatment - Digital Signatures

by James Heller 21. April 2010 07:50
After years of suffering, and finally making the decision to enter alcohol and drug treatment, the last thing alcoholics and drug addicts want to do is wait.  Forms need to be completed, printed and signed, and all of that paper used can’t be good for the environment.  Digital signatures address both of these issues.

When alcohol and drug treatment centers stay current with technology in health care, the main goal is to improve patient outcomes.  Any new technology aims to provide better security, efficiency in treatment, and the ability to store and share information between staff professionals.  But even with efficient systems in place, paperwork can seem overwhelming to patients being admitted to treatment.

Many individuals entering alcohol and drug treatment require medical detoxification to minimize withdrawals.  The decision to enter treatment may have taken months, partially out of fear over alcohol, heroin, or prescription drug withdrawals.  Once they enter the doors of a facility, with no access to their drugs of choice, that fear makes every minute seem like an hour.

Suddenly, they are faced with a stack of paperwork that needs to be read and signed.  Before they are halfway through the stack, physical signs of withdrawal may begin to appear.  No matter how quickly an admissions counselor wants to proceed, this work needs to be done to ensure patient security and proper treatment.

Paper use is a problem in this process, as well.  If two professionals need to see a form at the same time, it means that copies need to be made.  Most of those copies are shredded after use.  Digital creation and storage of many forms minimizes waste, but there are still some that need patient signatures.  This still means that paper is printed, copied and shredded over and over again.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles has addressed this issue by incorporating digital signature capturing into the admissions and counseling process.  Patients can now proceed through the admissions process without waiting for forms to print.  They can simply sign them using a digital signature pad during the admission interview process, effectively cutting the admission time in half.

When patients complete the admissions process, they are walked into a treatment unit with minimal paperwork.  This not only saves paperwork, but also provides better security for patients.  This is because their detailed information is only available on a secure network computer, accessible only to treatment staff.  It also means that two professionals can look at the same information simultaneously, without needing to make copies.

Our goal is to be completely paperless as a health care organization.  The ability to capture digital signatures provided a bridge over a big chasm that prevented us from reaching that goal.  This took some time to accomplish, but it was worth it considering that we made great leaps toward two of our goals.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles uses the latest technology to provide effective 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.

Understanding Alcohol Dependence and Drug Addiction – Effective Media

by James Heller 5. April 2010 09:22
The most troublesome factor for anyone who knows an alcoholic or drug addict is a lack of understanding and knowledge about the disease.  So the first step in any treatment for friends and family is education.  Alcoholism and drug addiction sufferers face many issues in life, even if they have already received treatment and are living in recovery.  For those who love them, life can be equally difficult or even worse.  

Years ago, effort was necessary on the part of the general public to learn about the disease aspects of addiction.  Books about alcohol dependence and drug addiction were available in stores and libraries, in “self-help” sections.  But it was a treasure hunt to seek detailed medical, psychological, and statistical information.  In general, those who found these sources were individuals in those respective fields and not many in the general population.

Information is everywhere on the internet today, especially regarding alcohol abuse and drug abuse.  Blogs that offer opinions and recovery stories are interesting and relatable.  Professional blogs and websites tend to provide valuable and categorized facts, like this one, that help individuals to learn and understand the disease of addiction.  And detailed medical, psychological, and statistical information can be found at professional organization and government websites.

Television shows about addiction, intervention, and alcohol and drug treatment have become more common than ever.  Even the shows that highlight celebrities can be educational if the viewer focuses on the recovery efforts made by counselors, rather than seeking tabloid style entertainment.  To avoid the temptation away from education, it is better to also watch shows that involve people who are not celebrities.

A new series on TLC’s cable channel titled Addicted currently airs on Wednesdays at 10pm.  As with most cable TV shows, new episodes are rerun several times over the week that follows so it is easy to catch.  Each episode follows an individual who suffers from alcohol dependence or drug addiction through the addiction, treatment, and recovery from an interventionist’s point-of-view.

TV series’ and specials that show the activities of addicts are very effective teachers.  Viewers who suffer from addiction, or know someone who does, can relate to the issues faced by the individuals profiled each week.  Even more importantly, viewers can see the connection from addiction to problems, and the differing reactions of addicts and their loved ones.

Friends and family members often feel alone when they see a loved one sink into the depths of alcoholism or drug addiction.  Many secrets, stigma, and emotions surround the disease.  It traps people in a world of hopelessness, where the decision to fix the problem takes a leap of faith.  TV shows about addiction can build bridges of knowledge that make the path to recovery easier to travel.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides family services 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.

Help for Diabetes and Hypertension in the San Fernando Valley

by James Heller 30. March 2010 10:13
Tarzana Treatment Centers has been awarded a grant that will allow us to provide care for diabetes and hypertension to more patients in the San Fernando Valley.  Our Compassionate Clinical Care Project will serve patients with no access to medical care due to lack of insurance, and those who live below the federal poverty level.

Thanks to this grant from Providence Health and Services/Mother Joseph, we can now provide these services to more individuals who need them.  For more information, please call our primary care clinic at 818 534-1820.

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

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity

by James Heller 26. March 2010 14:18
Individuals who suffer from mental health and substance use disorders need treatment the same as anyone dealing with issues of physical health.  It stands to reason, then, that they should get equal coverage by insurance companies.  HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is now law, and includes language that will now require mental health and substance abuse parity in coverage.

Parity, in simple terms, means to put things on par or to make things equal.  In terms of health care, mental health and substance use disorder treatment is usually not covered on par with medical care.  Examples of inequality include premium, copayment, and deductible rates.  It is hard to argue that the majority of insurance companies have kept up with trends in mental health and substance abuse care to provide proper coverage.

Mental health disorders, alcohol dependence, and drug addiction all affect more individuals than just those who directly suffer.  Family members, friends, employers, and co-workers are all pulled into the world of the sufferer at one time or another.  Treatments for all illnesses in these categories have greatly advanced in the past few decades, and so has the cost.  So when treatment is needed, it is often not sought due to poor coverage that can cause a drain on personal finances.

It is rather unusual for individuals to forego treatment for medical problems when they are insured.  This is especially true for moderate to major physical health problems.  For example, when individuals experience pain in an area where there was none previously, they see a doctor because they want to be sure nothing serious is developing.  But with mental health and substance abuse issues, this is not always the case.

It may be an underlying reason behind the “I can handle it” attitude that is often associated with mental health issues, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse.  While there are inherent symptoms that postpone treatment being sought, the cost factor can be a final deterrent.  Even when sufferers reach the point where the treatment need is acknowledged, the cost reality stops them from getting that treatment immediately.

People are often reluctant to spend money on mental health treatment or alcohol and drug treatment while they can still moderately function in society.  But they are not, by definition, in good health.  In fact, they forego treatment for these problems at the time when it can be most effective; in the early stages.  If mental health and alcohol or drug abuse issues are left untreated, they get worse in most cases.  As the illness gets worse, life problems also mount along with costs to society.

Parity in mental health and substance abuse coverage is helpful to society.  Untreated, those who suffer often are incarcerated for various crimes or are in need of health care.  Incarceration and public health care costs can be greatly reduced with treatment.  With parity, treatment becomes a viable option so fewer sufferers will reach the point where they are incarcerated or need health care.

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity Act was included in the final version of what is now known as Health Care Reform.  This means that insurance companies must now provide equal coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment as they would for medical care.  Separate deductibles are no longer allowed, and premium rates must be on par.  Our hope from this is for more of those who need treatment to get it before illness-related problems become overwhelming.

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

Patient Safety Quiz

by James Heller 4. March 2010 16:07
Patient safety is a top priority for any health care provider that is accredited by the Joint Commission of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), as it should be for all of them.  In order to ensure patient safety, all staff members in a facility need to be well informed.  On the other hand, most of the general public is not so well informed of how they can protect themselves in a health care setting.

All staff members at Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles attend required training sessions, live and online, so patient safety is guaranteed to be a priority on all levels of service.  In providing alcohol and drug treatment and integrated behavioral healthcare, we focus on everything from floor coverings to medication interactions.  

Patients should be aware of their own rights and responsibilities as they relate to safety, as well.  While we make it a practice to orient new patients in these areas, there are things that they can do to streamline the admission process by being prepared.

JCAHO has posted a Patient Safety Quiz on its website that is meant to educate the general public.  It is a simple quiz that takes just a few minutes.  After completing the quiz, you will be led to a page with a great deal of information on patient safety.  Follow the link below for the quiz:


Tarzana Treatment Centers is accredited by JCAHO, and prioritizes patient safety in all of our integrated behavioral healthcare services.  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.

Age at First Drink and Alcohol Dependence

by James Heller 12. January 2010 08:21
The onset of alcohol dependence depends, in general, on a combination of genetic and environmental factors.  It is also true that teen alcohol abuse increases the likelihood of future problems with alcoholism.  Because of this, it is very important for parents to remain educated and help adolescents avoid that fate.

Adolescent brain development is altered by alcohol abuse.  There is evidence that teen binge drinking damages connections between nerves, and disables some communication.  This not only hinders the brain’s ability to function later in life, creating possible physical, behavioral, and learning disabilities.  But it may potentiate the genetic disposition to alcoholism as well.

Everyone is born with a genetic code that determines many things about them.  This includes whether alcohol will affect them differently than the majority of the population.  It runs in the family, but the source of why one suffers alcohol problems more than others is mostly a mystery.  It could be that adolescent alcohol abuse works with genetic code to “build” an alcoholic brain, or at least perfect the mechanism.

In other words, if there is a family history of alcoholism, then no adolescent in that family should even try alcohol.  It appears that, between two teens that have the genetic make-up for alcoholism, the one who drinks in adolescence can become more at risk for future problems with alcoholism than the one who does not drink until adulthood.  It is almost as if the brain accepts alcoholism as its destiny, and accommodates it.

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center has posted an article on a study that supports this.  Youth alcohol abuse will not go away on its own.  Parents need to arm themselves with knowledge of this type so teens know why to avoid alcohol abuse, and possible later in life visits to alcohol detox and treatment.

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Individuals who begin drinking at an early age are more likely to subsequently develop alcohol dependence (AD).  While age at first drink (AFD) and AD are influenced by similar genetic and environmental factors, AFD may also have an impact on the risk for AD.  A new study has found that AFD may facilitate the expression of genes that are already associated with vulnerability to AD symptoms.

Results will be published in the December issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View.

“Drinking at an early age may create an environment where individuals can more easily transition from normative to problematic drinking,” said Arpana Agrawal, assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine and corresponding author for the study.  “Early AFD is often part of other precocious/non-normative behaviors such as conduct problems, experimentation with drugs, and deviant peers.  From a biological perspective, early AFD may induce changes in the highly sensitive adolescent brain, which may also modify an individual’s subsequent genetic vulnerability to AD.”

-- Source: http://www.attcnetwork.org/explore/priorityareas/science/tools/asmeDetails.asp?ID=633

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

Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT)

by James Heller 15. December 2009 10:38
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles recently participated in a pilot project by The State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) using the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT) scale.  The DDCAT assesses capabilities of alcohol and drug treatment or mental health programs on 7 dimensions, using a 5 point scale on 35 items.  We have been developing our dual diagnosis program for many years, so this project was an opportunity for us to see how far we’ve come.

The DDCAT index was developed in 2007 to fill a need in the assessment of program capabilities.  Today the DDCAT index is applied in over 20 state systems, as well as internationally, and is being used in the assessment of private programs nationwide.

Each dimension is assessed on a number of specific, supporting items (#); Program Structure (4), Program Milieu (2), Clinical Process: Assessment (7), Clinical Process: Treatment (10), Continuity of Care (5), Staffing (5), and Training (2).  Using specified items to assess these dimensions allows for a clearer picture of treatment settings for dual diagnosis patients in addiction treatment.

Following the assessment, programs are categorized in 3 taxonomies; Addiction Only Services (AOS) or targeting primarily those with substance abuse problems with little or no support for psychopathology, Dual Diagnosis Capable (DDC) for programs that offer services to those with stable and low-severity conditions, and Dual Diagnosis Enhanced (DDE) programs can respond to varying cases of psychopathology up to those which are severe.

This pilot project was yet another validation of our commitment to provide the best services possible for patients with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.  Our program was recently hailed by California State University Long Beach, in a report to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as “… the most capable program to address co-occurring disorders statewide.”  As it turns out, ADP assessed Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles at the DDE level of care with a very high score of 163 out of 175 points.  We scored a perfect 5 points or near perfect on 4 of the 7 dimensions of DDCAT.  Of course we are very happy with ADP’s assessment during the survey.  

Our dual diagnosis treatment track begins upon admission, at the first stage of treatment.  Patients are assessed for mental health disorders in terms of current treatment, medications, and self and family history.  When it is determined that mental health treatment is needed for a patient, our psychological staff is immediately alerted as to which level of care they will need.  Whether patients have long histories of severe mental illness or no history with new symptoms of minor issues, treatment can begin as early as during alcohol or drug detox.  

Our psychiatry staff is available for those with severe disorders requiring medication.  Psychologists and interns are also alerted to these cases for the purpose of providing round the clock monitoring if needed.  Our program ensures that even patients with severe mental health issues can receive successful alcohol or drug treatment.

On the other end of the severity scale, minor mental health issues are common with those who suffer from alcohol dependence and drug addiction.  Our staff routinely conducts an Addiction Severity Index (ASI) with each patient.  If mental health problems come to light that fall outside the realm of addiction-related, patients will be referred for further therapy throughout treatment.

We make it easy for patients to get the treatment they need.  We also offer specialized groups to all patients so they will learn about themselves and the typical psychological issues that are associated with alcoholism and drug addiction.  This serves to ease the minds of those who may worry they suffer mental illness, and to let those who actually do to see that they are not alone.

Our mental health services do not stop when alcohol and drug treatment is completed.  Whether they have the ability to pay out-of-pocket or need assistance, patients can get help with housing, employment, education, and other services that will assist them in re-entering a normal life among their fellows.  

Our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare is driven by our high standards and a desire, at all levels, to provide it to each patient.  Where mental health is concerned, staff is trained to recognize signs that a problem may exist.  This is important because some patients may not present with symptoms upon admission, and may be reluctant to disclose issues that could lead to a diagnosis.

At Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles we do not limit care for co-occurring disorders to mental health and alcohol and drug treatment.  Our very highly-rated HIV services are available to those who need them, as well as medication assisted treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction.  And let us not forget that teens are not immune to these problems.  Our youth alcohol and drug treatment program offers specialized dual diagnosis treatment as well.  These are just a few examples.

We are proud of the high marks we received from ADP.  But that doesn’t mean that we will be resting on our laurels.  In order to provide the level of service we expect from ourselves, we must continue to improve processes and stay educated on new developments in mental health and addiction treatment.  As long as there are individuals in need of treatment, we will continue to evaluate and improve our own services.

If you or a loved one needs help for alcohol dependence or drug addiction with 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.