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SAMHSA Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse Reports by State

by James Heller 18. November 2009 15:26
Teen alcohol abuse and drug abuse can lead to future problems with alcohol dependence and drug addiction.  The upward trend of alcohol and drug use among adolescents is well covered, but until now there has not been a comprehensive, state-by-state report.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has provided these reports.

These reports should be of interest to parents and professionals alike.  Since the reports are based on nationwide polls that include data from each state and the District of Columbia, they provide good local and comparative national information.  

Parents, for example, can learn whether alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs or methamphetamine are the concern in their respective states.  This, along with stats on youth perceptions of risk, can help parents to prioritize discussions within the family.  They can also learn about substance abuse and mental health treatment resources that are available locally.  

Professionals can use the reports for hints on where their continuing education should be focused.  If the youth drug abuse problem in a particular state is with prescription drugs, it is important for counselors, mental health and medical professionals to learn as much about them as possible.  

The Treatment Needs section of the reports may also be some good reading for government officials.  California, for example, is below the national average in meeting treatment needs.  But overall drug use trends are at or better than the national average over the past few years.  This can likely be attributed to the success of Prop 36 and offering treatment instead of incarceration.  This has reduced the amount of non-violent drug offenders from returning to a life of drugs and crime.

However it is that alcohol abuse or drug abuse is a part of your life, these reports provide some very helpful information.  The excerpt from SAMHSAs introduction to the reports below shows some of the general topics covered.  It is followed by links to the map of state reports and the national report.

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Entitled Adolescent Behavioral Health: States in Brief, the reports provide the following information for each individual state, the District of Columbia and the country as a whole through a variety of charts, graphs and accompanying text:
 
  • Adolescents' risk perceptions associated with substance use
  • Prevalence of illicit substance and alcohol use
  • Number and type of substance abuse treatment facilities
  • Numbers and trends on those seeking treatment for substance abuse
  • Levels of those needing, but not receiving substance abuse treatment
  • Levels of underage smoking
  • Mental health indicators
 
 
The data included in these States in Brief reports are drawn from three large national surveys sponsored by SAMHSA - the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Treatment Episode Data Set and the National Survey on Substance Abuse Treatment Services.

-- Source: http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/0911121635.aspx --
-- State Reports Map: http://samhsa.gov/statesinbrief/ --
-- National Report: http://samhsa.gov/StatesInBrief/2009/teens/OASTeenReportUS.pdf --

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 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.

A Case for Federal Treatment Funding

by James Heller 12. November 2009 12:59
Nationwide, the drug war has been fought for decades with no progress.  Attempts have been made enforce drug laws on both the supply and demand sides.  But the one area that will actually help is in drug treatment funding, as it has in states like California with Prop 36.

Attempts to stop the supply of drugs entering the US have not worked.  We have seen many drug lords arrested, only to be replaced in their organizations which continue to operate.  With billions of dollars worth of drugs like marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs crossing the border each year, law enforcement can only stop a small percentage.

While education works to an extent on potential drug users, the demand side, again there has been no significant improvement.  So the answer has been to incarcerate drug users for non-violent drug crimes including possession of small amounts.  This does nothing but take them off the streets for a short period of time, only to return to drug use and commit more crimes.

The answer is to solve the foundational problem on the demand side with drug addiction treatment instead of incarceration.  We can not only help individuals to overcome the problem that drives them to criminal activity, but we can also save on incarceration and healthcare costs nationwide.

The federal government provides some funding to states for alcohol and drug treatment, and they know the benefits.  So why not shift some of the funding from drug enforcement to something that can succeed and make progress in the war on drugs?

The New York Times has published an article suggesting that the federal government may be considering drug treatment as an answer to the nation’s drug problem.  An excerpt from the article is below, followed by the link to the full article.

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The economic case for expanding treatment, especially amid a recession, seems clear. Study after study concludes that treating addicts, even in lengthy residential programs, costs markedly less than incarcerating them, so budget-strapped states could save millions.

The unmet need for more treatment also is vast. According to federal data, 7.6 million Americans needed treatment for illicit drug use in 2008, and only 1.2 million -- or 16 percent -- received it.

But the prospect of savings on prison and court costs hasn't produced a surge of new fiscal support for treatment. California's latest crisis budget, for example, strips all but a small fraction of state funding away from a successful diversion and treatment program that voters approved in 2000.

-- Source: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/11/09/business/AP-US-Drug-War-The-Treatment-Challenge.html?_r=1 –

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides court-related services as part of our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare in alcohol and drug treatment.  If you or a loved one needs help with drug addiction or alcohol dependence, 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.

Using Technology in Alcohol and Drug Treatment - Reception Log

by James Heller 2. November 2009 13:56
A lot has been said in recent months about the use of technology in health care.  Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles makes a daily effort to innovate and improve the way it uses technology in alcohol and drug treatment.  Applications are used in every aspect of our work from customer service, to productivity, to reporting.

Starting with our Reception Log, customer service is streamlined at our front door.  This application is used by all of our staff members who meet with our clients and visitors.  Our receptionist enters information about the client or visitor and who they came to see.  The time is automatically recorded and the staff member is notified with the visitor’s name and purpose.  

Staff is responsible for each individual assigned to them.  Whether individuals have an appointment or not, staff will greet them and either meet with them or set a later appointment.  The Reception Log application follows each individual until they have been admitted to treatment or they depart the facility.  

The Reception Log is valuable for customer service because it cuts down on wait times in the lobby.  Admissions staff, for example, can see that a new patient is in the lobby and deliver paperwork to them, getting the process to admit started.  This is important to new patients and their families, especially if they are in need of alcohol or drug detox treatment.

In terms of productivity, counselors and technicians in our residential rehab, outpatient, and medical detoxification units view the log so they can be ready for the arrival of new patients.  This alerts staff to free time for new arrivals, but it also gives inpatient staff members time to make sure they feel welcome.  For detox this is especially important as new arrivals typically are in the early to mid stages of withdrawal.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides many services through various private and government funding sources.  The Reception Log allows us to quickly produce reports when requested, and we can do so while maintaining our strict confidentiality standards.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles uses technology to provide all of our 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.

Alcohol and Drug Treatment for the Incarcerated

by James Heller 29. October 2009 11:03
The state of California is still struggling with what to do about alcohol and drug treatment for the incarcerated.  It makes sense when the facts point to success in rehabilitating those who commit crimes and have problems with alcoholism or drug addiction.  Programs could be improved, but the fact that officials see worth in alcohol and drug treatment is a good sign.

Some may say that at this point in California’s history, we take what we can get.  But in this case we know that these programs actually save money for California.  When we treat the problem of alcohol dependence and drug addiction in these individuals, the drain they once placed on the economy goes away and they contribute to society.

Healthcare, incarceration and other costs have been reduced through some of these programs as much as 5 to 1 over necessary treatment costs.  This is not big news to California legislators and, in fact, was predicted when treatment instead of incarceration began.  So to reduce funding for these programs would be to go in the wrong direction.

State Legislators need to be told by the public that we want these programs because they not only work, but they also have a positive effect on the economy.  It is not time to be satisfied with what we have.  The fact that State officials see the value in these programs means they will respond to contact from the public.  You may find your representatives’ contact information here.

The following excerpt is from an article in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly.  This is a fine journal for learning about alcohol dependence and drug addiction.  The full article offers some detailed insight into current action in the California State budget as it relates to alcohol and drug treatment for the incarcerated.

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The return to custody rate for offenders completing both in-prison and community-based treatment in fiscal year 2005-2006, the years covered by the report, was 21.9 percent, compared to 39.9 percent for all offenders one year after parole.  Two years after parole, the recidivism rate was 35.3 percent for offenders who participated in both kinds of treatment, compared to 54.2 percent for all offenders.

For female offenders, treatment worked particularly well. One year after parole, only 8.8 percent of female offenders completing both kinds of treatment were returned to custody, compared to 30.1 percent of all female offenders. After two years, 16.5 percent of women receiving treatment had been returned to prison, compared to 43.7 percent of all female offenders.

For male offenders, 25.4 percent of those who had received both kinds of treatment were returned to custody one year later, compared to 41.2 percent of all male offenders. Two years after parole, the return-to-custody rate was 40.4 percent for men who received both kinds of treatment, compared to 55.6 percent of all male offenders.

-- Source: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/110575473/home --

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides court-related 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 abuse 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.

Marijuana Smoke Causes Cancer

by James Heller 29. October 2009 10:46
Marijuana abuse is not as rare as some may think.  One does not need to be stoned all day to be abusing the drug.  While its affect on people can differ in degree of being high, the physical effects are detrimental across the board.  Some of these effects are not so obvious, or are shrouded in myth.

For example, marijuana users will actually argue that pot is safer than tobacco.  Even if the statement is true on some level, there is no argument that smoking marijuana is safe to the human body.  As we move toward a world where the drug is legal to use, we need to take its risks into account.

A carcinogen is a substance that is known to cause cancer. For years, research has proven that tobacco smoke contains 4000 chemicals including 43 carcinogenic chemicals that are linked to smoking-related cancer, especially lung cancer.  

In June 2009, the California's Office of Environmental Health Hazards Assessment (OEHHA) reported that marijuana smoke is as hazardous as tobacco smoke and that it may cause cancer, including neck and head cancers. Many of the same cancer-causing substances in tobacco smoke are present in marijuana smoke.

The more marijuana a person smokes, the greater the risk of developing cancer. This is particularly important since marijuana is the most regularly used illegal drug in the United States and many drug users perceive marijuana to be harmless and natural.

For more information:

Tips to Quit Smoking Marijuana.

Epidemiologic review of marijuana use and cancer r...[Alcohol. 2005] - PubMed Result

ACS : Smoking Marijuana May Increase Cancer Risk

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

Technology in Alcohol and Drug Treatment: Telemedicine

by James Heller 22. October 2009 08:41
Mental health treatment and alcohol and drug treatment can be difficult to access for many people.  For several reasons, they are not able to make regular trips, if at all, to a mental health professional or treatment facility.  But as technology improves in healthcare, like with telemental health, so do the chances that these individuals will receive the treatment they need.

For those who live in rural and so-called frontier areas typically need to travel a long distance in order to receive treatment.  Those with physical disabilities might live close to an office or alcohol and drug treatment location, but have mobility issues and can’t always get there.  The problem of visiting an office or facility even affects those with social phobias who fear leaving their home.

Many individuals with substance abuse or mental health disorders that fit the descriptions above would like to receive treatment, but are hindered or blocked by these life circumstances.  These are only a few examples of people who need an answer to this problem.  But technology has an answer.

Telemental Health is a not-so-new way to treat mental health patients that is rapidly increasing in use, and showing promise in alcohol and drug treatment.  This use of technology falls under the category of programs using telemedicine or telehealth.  And while the name may bring to mind a radio call-in show, it is actually a whole range of services that mean convenience to patients, physicians, mental health and behavioral health professionals, and technicians.

Patients who cannot access treatment in person, and even those who can, get an added benefit from telemental health.  Sessions can be saved and reviewed again after they were completed.  And while progress notes are very helpful to behavioral and mental health professionals, it stands to reason that reviewing a video of the last session will remind them of visual ques.  This means better treatment for patients.

Professionals treating with telemedicine have the benefit of auto-recording of many tedious records and sessions.  Beyond that they can attend continuing education online, as well as seminars and meetings.  Psychiatrists and Medical Doctors can also track patients’ medications, and even control in-home units that deliver medication to bedridden patients.

Telemedicine is especially valuable to those who require regular testing and monitoring.  In-home devices run tests and upload information to lab technicians and doctors.  So instead of running around to different labs all day, as can be the norm for some, most tests can be run without leaving the front door.

HalthcareITNews.com reported on a new telehealth partnership between Google and MDLiveCare.  The portion of the article below expands on patient benefits in telemedicine.  In time, this may be a solution for patients who have trouble attending alcohol and drug treatment programs.

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"Patients remember less than 25 percent of what they're told when they consult with a doctor," said Bob Smoley, the CEO of MDLiveCare. "By directly synchronizing the information that's shared during telehealth consultations with electronic patient health records, we're able to provide patients with a convenient solution to review their physician or therapist encounters, time and time again, which significantly increases patient awareness and treatment compliance. This integration allows us to further empower patients with better access to all of their health information and to provide a service unprecedented in medicine today."

-- Source: http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/google-health-adds-telehealth-services-mix --

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides residential and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment, and uses the latest technology in all of our services as part of our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare.  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.

Testimonial: HIV Positive and Recovering from Drug Addiction

by James Heller 16. October 2009 07:23
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles greatly appreciates the many patient testimonials we receive.  In the interest of confidentiality and patient privacy, we go to great lengths before posting them for public viewing, so we couldn’t possibly show all of them.  Sometimes former patients will make their relationship with us public, which gives us a chance to show the positive results of the work we do.

The Daily Sundial of California State University, Northridge, posted an article about a former patient of Tarzana Treatment Centers.  While his name and picture are used the story, we will not.  The story is very informative about how he deals with being HIV positive, and his struggles with drug addiction.

In a follow-up interview with us, though, he expressed a desire to paint a clearer picture of his life in recovery and experience with Tarzana Treatment Centers.  His joy lies in recovery and he would like people to know that he does not dwell in the past, but instead uses his experiences to help others.

His hopeful optimism was evident when he spoke of the status of the relationship he has with his children.  While it is still in the rebuilding phase, and may be for some time, they are as open to moving forward and having dad back in their lives.  He shares daily conversations with them through text messages, and a phone call when possible, since they live out of state.

Future goals for this man in recovery include educating the HIV positive as well as non-positive population, and help to remove the stigma surrounding the disease.  He is currently studying Health Education at CSUN, and speaks for Positively Speaking.  He also works with the Tarzana Treatment Centers Community Advisory Board.

Staying active toward his goals proves to help in his own recovery from drug addiction.  He is an example of how positive behavior contributes to long-term recovery.  Due to the circumstances of his life, he is currently on disability and looks forward to the day that he can get back to work and get off of government assistance.  He is always looking forward.

While success in recovery greatly depends on an individual’s motivation, alcohol and drug treatment is often needed to encourage it or for that which is lacking.  For this patient, his motivation came from being tired of chasing a habit.  Knowing the problems his addiction had caused in his life led him to a desperate desire for help.  

Tarzana Treatment Centers was eager, as always, to make available everything he needed to get back on his feet and begin a new life.  “Tarzana Treatment Centers is amazing!” is all he could say to describe our part in his recovery.  He spoke highly of Charlon Davison, saying she was “perfect” when it came to leading him gently towards recovery and taking care of his new health needs.

We wish all of our former patients well, and continued recovery.  This gentleman is a fine example of how recovering individuals contribute positively to society, and are true assets.  Seeing former patients turn a downward spiraling life around makes all of our work worthwhile.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a wide range of HIV services as part of our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare in alcohol and drug treatment.  If you or a loved one are HIV positive and need 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.

Understanding Cocaine Addiction from the Vaccine

by James Heller 9. October 2009 11:57
People who don’t suffer from drug addiction, and most who do, do not understand the process of this disease.  Even if they are curious, it seems like a daunting task to even begin learning about how the addicted brain works.  So it is fortunate that the potential cocaine vaccine is in the news because the information is currently widely available.

Many individuals are content with the knowledge that drug addiction is a physical and psychological disease that operates on obsessions and cravings, if that much.  When the disease hits home, though, that information just doesn’t seem enough.  By then their attention is focused on the visible problem rather than the processes that make it happen.

As interest grows among the general public, more will be written and reported about the cocaine vaccine.  Each new article reveals a piece of the puzzle that makes up the processes of the addicted brain.  This is important for those seeking understanding because the research is bringing many facts to light about the underlying disease of addiction in an easy-to-read manner.  

A basic understanding of the normal brain processes may be necessary in reading some articles.  But most articles on the subject are taking that fact into account and giving brief explanations.  So just starting to read articles about the cocaine vaccine should yield better understanding of the disease of addiction.

An article has been posted on Sciencedaily.com about computer models of cocaine addicts’ brains.  A portion is copied below.  It is a good example of an article that may seem complex, but is understandable and can encourage further reading.

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Glutamate is the major chemical released in the synaptic connections in the brain; the right amount present determines the activity of those connections. Using the computational model, MU researchers found that in an addict’s brain excessive glutamate produced in the pleasure center makes the brain’s mechanisms unable to regulate themselves and creates permanent damage, making cocaine addiction a disease that is more than just a behavioral change.

“Our model showed that the glutamate transporters, a protein present around these connections that remove glutamate, are almost 40 percent less functional after chronic cocaine usage,” Mohan said. “This damage is long lasting, and there is no way for the brain to regulate itself. Thus, the brain structure in this context actually changes in cocaine addicts.”

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

High Risk Drinking Population Segments

by James Heller 17. August 2009 09:16
Much has been done to improve alcohol treatment methodologies over the past three decades.  With more effective detox through medical detoxification, mental health treatment for co-occurring disorders, and culture specific tracks like Native American alcohol treatment, more people that enter treatment find recovery.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a range of services for veterans, HIV/AIDS, women, and youth, so anyone can get help with alcoholism.  Since there is no cure for the disease at this time, we make an effort to provide help for alcohol dependence and decrease the risk of alcohol’s effects on the body.  So what about preventing the disease?

Another important research area seeks to discover who is at risk for alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence.  In an effort to find the higher risk segments of the population, researchers have become inventive in the survey methods they use.  A recent study used Audience Segmentation, which is typically used by marketing researchers and advertisers.

The following excerpts are from an article posted on the Addiction Technology Transfer Network website.  It provides interesting new data that may help some individuals to avoid problems due to high risk drinking.

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“We identified the top 10 audience segments in the U.S. that engaged in twice-a-month, high-risk drinking,” said Moss. “Five of these audience segments were made up of young adults, and five were middle-aged individuals. The young adult segment we called the ‘Cyber Millenials,’ with the highest rate of risky levels of alcohol drinking, represented well-educated, ethnically mixed, technologically sophisticated individuals who live in urban fringe areas on the West Coast and Middle Atlantic regions.”

One of the surprising things about this group, added Moss, was that it is one of the most health-conscious segments of American society. “They have a lower-than-average smoking rate, they go to the gym, they consume organic produce, yet they binge drink at a level that is clearly detrimental to their well-being.”

-- Source: http://www.attcnetwork.org/explore/priorityareas/science/tools/asmeDetails.asp?ID=614

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.

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, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Please Support AB-1019

by James Heller 11. June 2009 12:36
The California State Legislature is considering a 10 cent fee on alcohol drinks.  This was originally proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger, and over 80% of Californians support it according to surveys.  Considering the budget crisis and a need for new fair and reasonable fees, legislators need to be contacted with supportive comments.

We ask that you contact your California State Representatives and urge their support for this fee.  If you don’t know who they are, you can find them at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html with all of their contact information.  The points below come directly from Assembly Bill 1019 and outline some good reasons to adopt this fee.


  1. Alcohol-related problems cost Californians an estimated $38.4 billion annually, including costs for alcohol-related illness and injury, criminal justice, lost productivity, as well as and impacts on the welfare system, trauma and emergency care, and the foster care system, among other costs.
  2. Alcohol use drains California’s state and county governments of approximately $8.3 billion annually in increased health care costs, criminal justice costs, and lost tax bases, while the income to the state in alcohol licensing, fees, excise taxes, and sales taxes is less than $1 billion annually.
  3. The alcohol industry currently does not pay any fees at the state level to offset or mitigate the enormous costs its products impose on California.
  4. One out of every nine Californians suffers from alcohol addiction.
  5. Alcohol-related accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers and the cause of many permanently disabling injuries.
  6. Eight out of every 10 felons sent to state prisons are alcohol abusers.
  7. Annually, there are over 220,000 admissions to publicly funded alcohol treatment services. Alcohol treatment services reunify families, and decrease criminal justice activities and costs.
  8. Alcohol use during pregnancy causes approximately 5,000 children to be born in California each year with alcohol-related birth defects.
  9. Drinking and driving is the major cause of traffic accidents and fatalities in California each year.
  10. The use of alcohol is a major cause of hospital emergency room and trauma care treatment, and greatly contributes to the need for transportation costs such as emergency medical air transportation services and ambulance costs.
  11. The use of alcohol is closely associated with mental illness and contributes enormously to the cost of treating the mentally ill.
  12. Effective prevention and treatment services for youth increase school attendance and academic performance.
  13. California prevention services reach only 4.3 million people annually, but the entire population of the state needs access to prevention services.
  14. The use of alcohol is a factor in the majority of child and spousal abuse cases, and is frequently associated with the abuse of the elderly, mentally ill, and mentally retarded residents of long-term care facilities.
  15. There are significant benefits of alcohol treatment and recovery programs and they are effective. People who complete treatment find employment and pay taxes, no longer suffer from alcohol problems, and become productive members of their communities.
  16. While the staggering cost of alcohol abuse is borne by all Californians, 67 percent of the alcohol sold in California is consumed by only 11 percent of the population.

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.