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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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US National Guard Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 27. January 2010 14:41
United States National Guard members have been active in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan along with the rest of the US Military.  Personnel have also shown rising trends in substance abuse, mental health disorders, and suicide.  Alcohol and drug treatment must include services for all of the problems suffered by both active personnel and veterans.

Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began there has been a rise in prescription drug abuse and addiction among military personnel and veterans.  The trend is mainly due to the use of these drugs to treat severe pain due to injury or mental disorders from combat trauma.  The opiates and benzodiazepines used are highly addictive, and can easily be abused in severe circumstances.

Pain due to combat injuries needs to be treated in the short term with pain killers.  In the long term, alternative treatments should be explored to prevent the negative effects that drug addiction can bring to the lives of individuals.  And with combat injuries, physical pain is rarely the only issue that National Guard members suffer.

Mental and emotional trauma can cause many problems for combat and support personnel as well, even if they don’t suffer physical injuries.  Prescription medications like Xanax and Valium may be used to calm anxiety.  These are effective in the initial phases of treatment, but can cause serious long term effects if drug dependence takes hold.

If the underlying mental health issues are not properly treated with help from a psychological professional, individuals will become dependent on prescription drugs as the only solution.  This makes drug treatment very difficult because the underlying fear of suffering takes priority over recovery from drug addiction to them.  So the co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues must both be treated as primary problems in treatment plans.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles is well equipped and staffed to treat all physical and emotional problems that National Guard members may suffer.  We provide mental health treatment as part of our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare in alcohol and drug treatment.  If you or a loved one suffers from 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.

Treatment Instead of Incarceration for Veterans

by James Heller 9. November 2009 15:17

Drug addiction affects the lives of US veterans the same as anyone else, but at a higher percentage.  And the amount of veterans with these problems who are incarcerated is staggering.  It doesn’t need to be this way.  If treatment instead of incarceration would be implemented, these veterans would get the help we owe them, and society would benefit from lower crime and an ease on resources.

It needs to be repeated over and over.  Treatment instead of incarceration has been proven effective in rehabilitating non-violent drug offenders, and it saves money for the states where it is implemented.  And treatment for the incarcerated also needs to be provided.  Drug treatment helps addicts to stop using the drugs that lead them to commit crimes, where incarceration simply locks them away for a while before they return to drug use.    

Treatment should come first for veterans no matter where they live in the United States, considering that we send them into harm’s way, and then give them drugs to overcome the physical and emotional pain of combat.  It’s the least we could do for them when they come home.  But, for now, those convicted of non-violent drug offenses are simply locked away.

Veterans who receive drug treatment upon returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan would have a better chance to resume a normal life, and to get the benefits they were promised during recruitment.  Drug-free veterans would also be much less likely to commit crimes and more likely to focus on living a positive life.  We need to give them the chance to do so.

Drug treatment will also lower health care costs provided to veterans.  Drug abuse and addiction often leads to injuries, and there is a multitude of side effects and major organ damage that results from them.  Not only are these ailments a burden to veterans, but they are a substantial drain on the US Veterans Administration budget.

The Drug Policy Alliance has released a report that details the need for treatment instead of incarceration for veterans suffering from drug addiction as well as for those with mental health disorders.  It also makes a strong case for medication assisted treatment.  The excerpt below shows the latest statistics on incarcerated veterans.

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Veterans in Prison, as of 2004*

  • 140,000 veterans were incarcerated in state and federal prisons.
  • 46 percent of veterans in federal prison were incarcerated for drug law violations.
  • 15 percent of veterans in state prison were incarcerated for drug law violations, including
  • 5.6 percent for simple possession.
  • More than 25 percent of veterans in prison were intoxicated at the time of their arrest.
  • 61 percent of incarcerated veterans met the DSM-IV criteria for substance dependence or abuse.
  • More than half of veterans in federal (64 percent) and state prisons (54 percent) served during wartime.
  • 26 percent of veterans in federal prison and 20 percent in state prison served in combat.
  • 38 percent of veterans in state prison received less than an honorable discharge, which may disqualify them for VA benefits.


* Source: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of
Justice Statistics, “Veterans in State and Federal Prison,
2004” 1,4,5,6,11 (May 2007).


-- Source: http://www.drugpolicy.org/library/veterans2009.cfm --

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides medical detoxification, medication assisted treatment, and mental health treatment for US veterans 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.

US Veterans Prescription Drug Detox

by James Heller 25. June 2009 11:34
Prescription drug addiction is increasing among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  While the drugs are necessary to relieve the physical and emotional pains of combat, they are meant for temporary use.  When prescription drugs become a problem in a veteran’s life, detox and alternative treatments need to be considered.

Pain killers help wounded soldiers to stabilize after being injured.  Dependence on these drugs is both physical and psychological due to the relief they bring from extreme pain.  Patients tend to shy away from switching to less potent drugs out of fear that they will not “do the job”.  Also, tolerance is an issue as higher quantities and potencies of these drugs are needed over time to produce the same effect.

Sedatives and anti-depressants can be very effective in relieving mental health disorders that result from the trauma of combat.  The purpose is to aid patients through the initial trauma, and prepare them for intensive therapy that can heal the psyche.  Much like painkillers, patients tend to cling to these drugs out of a fear of returning emotional pain, and tolerance leads to higher doses or more potent medications.

Whether for physical or emotional relief, narcotic prescription drugs are addictive.  Withdrawal symptoms will occur upon cessation of use after prolonged, steady use.  In addition, the euphoric sensations these drugs produce encourage continued use with patients who are pre-disposed to the disease of addiction.  When offered non-narcotic drugs that lack this effect, these patients tend to state that they do not work.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides prescription drug detox treatment for veterans.  We offer integrated behavioral healthcare that includes medical detoxification, mental health treatment, primary care for physical ailments, and we even provide HIV/AIDS treatment and housing.

For more information, please call us at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

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

US Veterans and Illegal Drugs

by James Heller 25. June 2009 07:05
An increasing number of military personnel are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan as veterans with a drug addiction.  Although recent reports focus on prescription drugs, the shock is that illegal drug abuse is keeping pace.  And the sad fact is that many of these individuals never even thought to use illegal drugs prior to combat.

It is not uncommon for any prescription drug addict to switch over to illegal drugs.  Known as “self-medicating”, a conscious decision is made for various reasons.  Some complain that the doctor prescribed medication makes them feel “weird”, while others feel a need for higher quantities or potencies than what the doctor allows.

Combat can cause both physical and emotional pain that can be relieved with prescription drugs.  But the side effects of painkillers and sedatives are not worth the relief for some.  A well-meaning friend may offer methamphetamine, for example, to a veteran experiencing nightmares.  While the new drug may not really relieve the nightmare problem, it relieves the side effect problem, and the veteran feels justified in using an illegal drug.

The unfortunate thing about pain killers and sedatives like Xanax is that a tolerance develops with the user, so more of the drug is needed to produce the same effect over time.  These are fine on a temporary basis, but the wounds of war run deep and lead to prolonged prescription schedules.  At some point a doctor must refuse higher doses to the patient, leaving the now addicted individual in a state of panic.  Some go to heroin or street methadone for pain relief, and others seek prescription drugs through illegal means.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides drug treatment for US veterans as part of an integrated behavioral healthcare program.  Medical detoxification is available for dependence on any drug, legal or illegal.  And our medical and mental health professionals can help you find alternative treatments and therapy for your ailments.

The paragraphs below are from an article on Military.com.  It provides some very good examples of how some members of the US Armed Forces are becoming addicted to illegal drugs, and what it has done to their lives.  

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Specialist Alan Hartmann was a gunner on a Chinook helicopter flying missions from Kuwait into Iraq in 2003. He described the high of flying and the feeling that "nothing can touch you," as well as the terror of being shot at.

Having regularly ferried the bodies of American soldiers killed in combat -- with the helicopter exhaust blowing warm air and the smell of death through the craft -- Hartmann said he had trouble sleeping when he returned to Ft. Carson. The nightmares were too bad, he said.

Army doctors prescribed anti-depressants and painkillers for him -- two-type written pages worth since he's been back -- but he didn't like how the drugs made him feel, Hartmann said. So he said he turned to self-medication with methamphetamines.

"The nightmares were killing me from being over there. The pain was so bad I didn't want to deal with it. Well, amphetamines is a real quick way to get rid of it," Hartmann said. "I was snorting it, and I was smoking it, and then I was hot railing it, and then I got to the point where I was actually injecting it in my arms," said Hartmann, who eventually checked himself into rehab and is now clean.

-- Source: http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,156956,00.html

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

US Veteran Drug Treatment

by James Heller 11. June 2009 07:28
A higher percentage of US veterans suffer from drug abuse and drug addiction than the whole of society.  This is because the war “theater” has an effect on armed personnel who face combat along with support staff who never do.  The stress of war can leave veterans who previously had no problems with alcohol or drugs surprised to find they suffer from addiction.

Prescription drug addiction is becoming a major problem for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Combat injured veterans use prescription drugs to relieve physical pain and emotional trauma they suffer.  Veterans who did not see combat may have had to cope with high stress situations, and will take medication to help overcome the trauma.  In each case, taking these drugs for legitimate reasons in the beginning may lead to addiction in the end.

Many US veterans return home choosing to self-medicate with illegal drugs.  They may fear repercussions for using illegal drugs, and probably don’t realize that they can get help for the trauma they suffered in combat along with drug treatment.  Sadly, these individuals usually end up in the criminal justice system, or worse, before they seek help on their own.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides drug treatment through integrated behavioral healthcare specialized for US Veterans.  Mental health professionals are available to treat those who suffer from co-occurring substance abuse and post-combat issues.  So alternate forms of medication can be explored and the chance of relapse after prescription drug treatment can be minimized.  

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has placed a priority on minimizing drug abuse over the past generation.  The DoD has made an effort to help veterans discover when a problem exists and when to seek drug treatment.  Since it is difficult for an individual to see their own path to prescription drug addiction, basic information can be very helpful in getting to treatment.  A short section of a website dedicated to those aims follows.

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Some Service Members are prescribed pain medicine for very real problems, including pain from injuries. In this situation, it's more difficult to talk about "misusing" or "abusing" drugs, because the medication was prescribed for an actual medical reason. But taking more of the medication than prescribed can become a serious problem. Why? First of all, many pain medications are addictive, which makes it difficult to stop taking more than prescribed. Second, these medications affect mood and thinking. Some people use their prescription medications to numb themselves or escape from stress and painful feelings. The danger, though, is that these drugs can also lead to depression, trouble thinking clearly, confusion, and addiction. There is also a risk of overdose or death when painkillers are mixed with other drugs or alcohol.

Here are some pointers for determining when prescription drugs are being misused:

  • More of the medication is taken than was prescribed.
  • Instances of running out of the medication early.
  • Using the medication for longer than it was prescribed.
  • Taking the medication for some other reason than the reason that it was prescribed (for example: to get high; to feel better).

-- Source: http://www.afterdeployment.org/index2.php?cid=s108_0110&rcid=s108_0100#2d

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