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Alcoholism Relapse Prevention Plan

by James Heller 9. November 2012 11:25
Regardless of the type of treatment you choose, alcoholism and relapse almost always go hand in hand.  The challenge for a treatment facility is to minimize the risk that each patient has for relapse.  One way is to provide Vivitrol as part of a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Vivitrol for eligible patients.  This monthly injection of Naltrexone reduces alcohol cravings so individuals can focus on treatment.
 
 
It is rare for an alcoholic to stop drinking and remain sober for life on the first attempt.  This is largely due to the feeling of strong cravings for alcohol when they are “dry”.  Even with the highest motivation for recovery and to abstain from drinking, cravings trigger an urge to drink that is difficult to ignore.  A single urge can last for days, relentlessly keeping the thought in an alcoholics mind that a drink is needed.  The great majority give in in a couple of months, or weeks, or even after only a few hours.

Alcoholism treatment plans always include relapse prevention as one of the goals.  Tried and true methods include positive peer influence, education groups, and gender-specific groups, among many others.  These help alcoholics to bond with others who share their disease, and to uncover what leads them to continue drinking.  Cravings can be a distraction to these, though, and minimize their effectiveness.

With Vivitrol, the distraction of cravings is minimized or eliminated so other relapse prevention efforts can have an impact.  Recovery can be built on a more solid foundation, and set the stage for long-term sobriety.  As strength in recovery grows and positive habits become the norm in an alcoholic’s life, cravings have much less power.  It is not difficult to see how Vivitrol improves the lives of those early in recovery.

Vivitrol treatment is covered by Medicare and Medi-Cal at Tarzana Treatment Centers, and funding is also available through AB 109 and LA County Drug Court.  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.