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Using Vivitrol to Lower Crime Rates

by James Heller 3. April 2014 09:55
Crime is a problem that will exist for all time.  Stating that is more a form of acceptance than a negative outlook on humanity.  What’s important is for rehabilitation efforts to be effective.  Those who are incarcerated or under the supervision of criminal justice agencies are mostly there because of drug or alcohol related crimes, and that is where the solution lies.  Several ongoing studies have shown that the use of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), like Vivitrol, may keep “ex-cons” out of trouble.
 
 
Heroin addiction is a major catalyst for quite a few criminal behaviors.  The simple need to support a drug habit leads to theft (mostly petty), prostitution, and getting involved in drug dealing, just to name a few.  These are crimes that may be committed by one person on a daily basis until they are arrested and jailed.  So to stop the heroin use means relief for many victims.

Vivitrol is an injectable form of Naltrexone that is taken every 30 days.  This medication reduces cravings for heroin and other opiates/opioids by blocking receptors in the brain.  It helps addicts new in recovery to focus on recovery and counseling sessions, without the distraction of very strong cravings.

One small study at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services offers a good basis for discussion.  While even the researchers state that their methods lacked sufficient scientific standards, the results of the Vivitrol treatment study are very interesting.  Only 14 prison inmates participated, and 7 exhibited some form of motivation to remain drug free.  When taking into account all of the damage that one crime can do, that is a very good return.
Of the 7 who were motivated for recovery, 1 enrolled in a residential treatment program and 2 in an outpatient program.  Another 4 entered Methadone or Buprenorphine Maintenance programs.  It’s not clear from the report, but a fair guess is that all participants used heroin or another opiate after being released from custody and during Vivitrol treatment.  This is, sadly, all too common.  For these 7, though, they at least found the motivation to turn their lives around and continue treatment.

There are many other Vivitrol studies and pilot projects in progress at correctional facilities across the nation.  They were started for good reason; Vivitrol treatment works and increases the likelihood that addicts will find recovery.  Further reasoning suggests that if that success is applied to addicts in the criminal justice system, then crime rates will decrease.  

The documented success of Vivitrol treatment has also motivated states to adopt legislation meant to prevent crimes.  As an example, Massachusetts State Rep. Randy Hunt has been “trying to garner legislative support for a bill that increases access to treatment for addicts in trouble with the law.”  The overall goal would be to provide treatment for addicts convicted of drug crimes in the hope of preventing them from committing more serious crimes in the future.
At a public forum that was held near Cape Cod, hosted by Hunt, Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings spoke about how Vivitrol was being provided on a voluntary basis to inmates being released from jail.  The program began in 2012 and 50% of the 82 participants are still in treatment, and, more important, only 9% have been re-incarcerated.  More details about what is happening in Massachusetts can be found here:

The two examples above, where Vivitrol has been effective in reducing crime rates, are small in scale to the national picture.  Studies and pilot projects are thinly spread across the country, and we have yet to see any negative results.  Imagine if Vivitrol treatment was to be applied on a larger scale.
Addiction treatment in lieu of incarceration, in traditional form, has been proven to decrease recidivism and reduce costs to the community.  Adding Medication Assisted Treatment, with a spotlight on Vivitrol, is showing promise as a way to turbo charge those improvements in American societies.

Tarzana Treatment Centers offers Vivitrol to eligible clients in some of our criminal justice programs.  We’ve been providing Vivitrol to all eligible patients for years, and have seen some true miracles.  Individuals who couldn’t stay clean and sober for more than 30 days, who we treated for years before they started Vivitrol treatment, were suddenly in recovery for months at a time.  We’re seeing just as much success with patients suffering severe mental health disorders, where staying clean and sober is vital to healing.
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 dependence, drug 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 and Criminal Justice

by James Heller 27. March 2014 15:00
It’s more common than ever for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to be used as a rehabilitation tool in criminal justice cases involving alcohol and other drugs.  Vivitrol is one of the medications used.  It is a more effective way to reduce crimes like Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and those of a more violent nature, because substance use is often leads to many crimes.  Coupled with effective treatment, this approach brings positive change to former offenders, their loved ones, and the public.
 
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers has worked with clients facing criminal charges for many years through L.A. Drug Court, Prop 36, and other programs.   It is part of our commitment to the community.  We have also provided several forms of MAT, with Vivitrol being among the most successful in outcomes.  Programs that provide Vivitrol to clients with criminal backgrounds are both in the area of our expertise.

Addressing Substance Use issues with medication and treatment has already been proven to reduce our clients’ contacts with criminal justice agencies (arrests, probation, etc.).  Studies have shown a range from approximately 30 to 70% improvements.   It also greatly lowers re-incarceration rates by as much as 50%.  It can be compared to gas in a car.  If you stop filling the tank, the car stops working after a short time.  So the idea is to keep the tank dry.

Vivitrol is effective for MAT because it helps reduce cravings for both alcohol and opiates, which are the two major crime-fueling drugs.  Vivitrol patients need to complete alcohol or drug detox before starting treatment, and they need to be assessed for eligibility.  Upon approval, patients receive an injection every 30 days until treatment is completed.  Alcohol or opiate cravings reduce and allow patients to better focus on individual and group counseling sessions that they attend as part of their treatment.

Most of the clients referred to TTC by criminal justice did not decide to begin a life of crime.  They became trapped in a lifestyle driven by addiction, and either suffered behavior changes or committed crimes to support a large drug habit.  Recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction is the light at the end of the crime tunnel for them and they can once again feel hopeful about a better life.  Sometimes traditional counseling isn’t enough or the temptation is too great to return to that life, and Vivitrol and other MAT programs are now available.

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 dependence, drug 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 Fentanyl are Bad Partners

by James Heller 13. February 2014 08:36
Tarzana Treatment Centers provides a variety of heroin treatment options because the drug is so highly addictive, unpredictable, and deadly.  Now the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a warning about fentanyl-contaminated heroin.  So we are passing this warning on to the public, and reminding heroin addicts and their loved ones that help is just a phone call away.
 
 
Even if it was possible to satisfy an addiction by using the same amount of heroin every day, it would not guard against overdoses.  Drug dealers don’t have testing labs to ensure purity of the heroin they sell to their clients.  In fact, dealers are more likely to cut the purity of the heroin they sell or add another drug to boost the potency.  Addicts gamble every day, hoping to get the perfect fix, and praying that it won’t be their last.

SAMHSA is trying to get ahead of an epidemic by warning that fentanyl is being used to increase the potency of heroin in Eastern states of the United States.  Fentanyl is a very strong opioid pain killer, and mixing it with heroin increases the risk of severe injury or death.  It is possible that the use of this opioid cocktail is to blame for 39 deaths in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island from the start of 2014 to February 6th.  That’s more than 1 death every day since the year began.

SAMHSA is asking everyone to review their Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit at this link:
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers provides services that all have a goal of abstinence.  Medical Detoxification is a systematic withdrawal using medication to reduce withdrawal symptoms.  Vivitrol injections reduce cravings for heroin after detox when the body is no longer opioid dependent.  For individuals who have relapsed multiple times, we offer Methadone Maintenance or Buprenorphine Maintenance coupled with counseling to keep you on the road to abstinence.

All of our heroin treatment options include counseling.  We offer individual and group sessions, and we include family in treatment whenever it’s possible.

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.

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.

Vivitrol Reduces Opiate Drug Cravings

by James Heller 14. February 2013 10:36
Cravings are among the most powerful triggers faced by anyone completing opiate detox.  The combined force of a psychological need for the drug and chemical reactions in the addict brain makes them at least a distraction and, at worst, a cause for relapse.  Whether drug cravings are mild or strong, reduction of them is a good aid to relapse prevention in early recovery.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Vivitrol injections for eligible alcohol and drug treatment patients.  We have been doing this for several years, and are very pleased with the results so far.  Since the beginning, we have interviewed our Vivitrol treatment patients who had been in and out of rehab facilities.  Almost all of them reported that the reduced cravings improved their treatment experience and it has lengthened recovery times.
 
 
To the unfamiliar, cravings may not seem so threatening.  After all, if your mouth waters for a bag of french fries, you can probably enjoy the feeling and forget about it after a few seconds.  Addiction doesn’t allow the forgetting, though, and opiate cravings don’t go away easily.  Imagine waking up with a craving for french fries and having it with you all day long, knowing that if you eat one fry you won’t be able to stop eating more of them.

Opiate addicts often complete medical detoxification and will go straight to their dealers or doctors to satisfy cravings.  Even if they have a safe place to go for treatment, and know very well that they are making a mistake, they get drawn back into the dark world of addiction.  The obsession to “feel better” is just too great.

Monthly Vivitrol injections during the first months of recovery free the mind to receive drug treatment and work on core issues.  More clean time means more life issues get resolved.  So, even if a relapse occurs, the road back to recovery becomes much shorter and recovery times extend.  As clean time accumulates, the sense of accomplishment also helps to encourage remaining in recovery.  All of this means that Vivitrol is a solution for a great threat to a drug addict’s recovery.

Vivitrol is covered by Medicare and Medi-Cal.  Funding is also available through AB 109 and LA County Drug Court. So please call even if you are concerned about funding.

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.

Make the Holidays Happy this Year

by James Heller 4. December 2012 15:32
While this time of year brings joy and merriment to most of us, we in the substance use and mental health treatment field are all too familiar with those who find it troublesome.  Conflicts can arise from within, stemming from disorders that make social gatherings terrifying.  Or they can be substance induced, making someone an annoyance or worse at holiday gatherings.  If this was a problem for you or a loved one last year, we would like to suggest that you get help so the holidays can be pleasant going forward.
 
 
Anyone who suffers from mental health or substance use disorders, and their loved ones, are familiar with troubles during the holiday season.  Yet, each year, millions hope that conflicts and heartaches from the past won’t be repeated.  As a general rule, negative behavior gets in the way of the good times once again, every year.  

Mental health disorders can cause individuals to avoid social gatherings, in cases of depression, which can bring loneliness and bitter feelings.  Anxiety, Bi-Polar Disorder, and other conditions can result in tense outbursts or other negative behaviors at gatherings.  Their loved ones might say that they suffer as much, if not more, than the person with the disorder.  Sadness or anger becomes the prevailing emotions of the season for all involved.

Alcohol use is at an annual high due to holiday parties, out of school youths, and the seasonal servings of festive drinks.  The weather is colder, and many feel like they have an excuse to “let loose”.  When alcohol abusers drink more than usual, verbal conflicts, physical fights, and tragic accidents are a higher likelihood.  When alcohol is served at a large holiday gathering, at least one person is bound to be negatively impacted by an alcohol abuser.  And, we’re sorry that it still needs to be said, innocent people die from drunken driving accidents.  Alcohol abuse is in no way “festive”.

It’s the same pattern, year after year, that we see at Tarzana Treatment Centers.  Admissions for substance use and mental health drop as the holiday season approaches.  Then they rise somewhat sharply as the New Year begins, after the spotlight has been shown on individuals and their disorders. Most of them had considered entering treatment before the holidays, but put it off so they could enjoy them, as they say.

Whether the problems of last year were mild or severe, we suggest that you or your loved one speaks with a counselor before the first holiday gathering.  This is especially a good idea if problems have occurred more than once with an individual.  You deserve better.  Something as simple as a Vivitrol injection to reduce alcohol cravings may be the remedy.  It will help you to begin the process of healing, and you can become a part of the crowd that will enjoy a happy holiday season this year.

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.

How to Reduce Substance Abuse in the Workplace

by James Heller 16. November 2012 15:15
Employee alcohol and drug abuse is a problem in almost every business category.  Management is often faced with weighing the value of substance abusing staff members with the potential problems that their behavior may cause.  The decision is not always easy, and the problem is sometimes swept under the rug. There is a solution, though, for employees who are willing to stop drinking and using drugs.
 
 
Tarzana Treatment Centers suggests the use of Vivitrol treatment.  If you want to keep an employee on staff, and they are willing to get help, this can potentially solve problems for both of you.  Vivitrol is a monthly injection of Naltrexone that reduces alcohol cravings and opiate cravings.  It is convenient and it works.  We have seen many patients achieve long-term sobriety after Vivitrol treatment, when they previously had multiple relapse issues.

Society associates some jobs with alcohol and drug abuse, and we won’t get into examples.  You probably can think of a couple of them.  The fact is that the problem exists in practically every type of job, including those you would never imagine.  Co-workers usually spot the problem before management and business owners discover it, and then those in charge need to decide how to handle the situation.  

Stress can often lead high-value employees to abuse alcohol or prescription painkillers.  To them, they are relieving stress.  To you, they are slowing down and are distracted by issues outside of work.  It is up to management to open the lines of communication with these individuals, and let them know they are worth keeping if they will get help.  Vivitrol treatment can be an investment in the increased productivity they can give to your company, and their own health.

While “zero tolerance” is a fair enough model, some states and contracts regulate businesses’ ability to terminate employment upon discovery of a substance abuse problem.  Since alcohol and drug abuse problems don’t get better without help, keeping these individuals on staff can be a potential hazard to the company.  Here is another area where Vivitrol treatment can save costs in the long run when individuals are willing to get help.

If you have an alcohol or drug abuse problem in the workplace, Vivitrol is an option worth investigation.  It can potentially improve your company’s bottom line, and it might save a life.  Please contact us for more information today.

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.