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Community Counseling Center's Role in Addiction Treatment

by James Heller 2. September 2009 12:26

The October issue of the American Journal of Public health report that between 1998 and 2003, the number of patients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders in community health centers increased from 210,000 to 800,000. The role of community health centers in providing co-occurring mental health and substance abuse treatment services in the United States is recognized as a very important one.

Addiction affects communities and families as well as individuals. Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles has a long history of successfully treating the addicted through medical detoxification, residential and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment services. Our Community Counseling Center additionally provides the much needed mental health services to individuals, couples, and families who struggle with depression, anxiety, anger, stress, trauma, grief, relationship and family issues, on a sliding scale fee basis.

Too often the face of addiction is a person whose alcoholism or drug addiction is untreated and who is not receiving mental health treatment. A federal study found:

  1. One out of every 14 hospital stays – 2.3 million stays – was related to substance disorders in 2004.
  2. Total medical costs were reduced 26 percent among one group of patients that received addiction treatment.
  3. A group of at-risk alcohol users who received mental health counseling recorded 20 percent fewer emergency department visits and 37 percent fewer days of hospitalization.

 

It is critical to ensure that community mental health counseling centers have adequate resources for providing mental health and substance abuse care. By recognizing addiction as a treatable condition, we encourage people to seek help.

If you or a loved one needs help with substance abuse and 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.